Dispatch 48: A Team Effort Resulting in an Outstanding Accreditation Visit

We have concluded our reaffirmation for accreditation visit and I believe it’s quite accurate to say that the visit was a true success on many levels. We had outstanding participation and engagement from our entire community including a strong showing from our students (24), to faculty, to staff, to TCS Education System partners. I want to commend Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Nami Kim and their teams on what, in my opinion, was a flawless visit from start to finish. Indeed, Carol and her team delivered on all fronts – from a thorough self-study process, to coordinating the second campus site visit in Bellevue in January, to a well-planned and well-executed three-days+ of meetings, meals, and engagement with our entire community.

We also have our TCS Education System colleagues to thank for supporting us by conducting a mock visit last month, which helped our team home in on how to get logistics just right and get those initial butterflies out of the way! We want to specifically thank our mock visitors President Patricia Breen (Pacific Oaks), Dr. Jack Paduntin (CAO, TCS Education System), Dr. Eileen Heveron (CAO – retired, TCS Education System), and Ted Scholz (Provost, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology).

I want to also sincerely express my deepest gratitude to our trustees for their outstanding representation on Wednesday. Furthermore, our TCS colleagues, including President Horowitz, his direct reports, and all of our various department partners were amazing in their support, their partnership, and their clear commitment to our success. Our entire team felt the positive presence of the various members who stayed several days, demonstrating solidarity. I think it’s worth noting that this past week truly brought to bear that the relationship we have forged with TCS is something truly special and one that will sustain Saybrook University for decades to come. 

We were incredibly pleased by both the commendations and recommendations as they mark a significant evolution in Saybrook’s growth and development. We will disseminate these to the broader community once the report is completed. At the end of June, I will be attending the WSCUC meeting with our leadership team to hear the results in which we will learn whether we receive 6, 8, or 10 years of accreditation. 

Again, my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you - our students, faculty, staff, trustees, and System colleagues - for your support advancing the mission of the university. We are better together and we have definitely come a long way on this incredible journey!