One of the strengths of the College of Staten Island’s academic programs is the large number of programs that are nationally accredited. Today, I want to share the good news that programs in two of our schools were recently reaccredited. The School of Education’s recent review by the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP) resulted in Accreditation for another seven years. Within the School of Health Sciences, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Programs (CAPTE) for ten years.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff of these two programs, and particularly to Health Sciences Dean Marcus Tye, Founding School of Education Dean Ken Gold, and chairs Zaghloul Ahmed, Margaret Berci, Ruth Silverberg, and Susan Sullivan, whose work was indispensable in achieving accreditation for these programs. I would also like to highlight the work that Dr. Fumio Someki has put into collecting and analyzing the mounds of assessment data that must be collected continually for the ongoing SPA reports in the School of Education that are so vital to the maintenance of good standing for the school’s programs.

I am immensely grateful for all that each of you do to serve our students and to make CSI such a unique institution. I hope all of you had a restful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving break.

By J. Michael Parrish