October 13, 2006

To the Campus Community:

Bowdoin recently completed its 2006 reaccreditation self-study.  The document has been mailed to the New England Association of Schools and College (NEASC) as well as to the eight-person evaluation team, chaired by David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College.  The visiting team will be on campus November 12-15, 2006

I invite you to read the self-study, which is posted on the website at http://bowdoin.edu/academic-affairs/accreditation/.  The report reflects the many strengths of this College, and I am proud not only of the final product of our self-examination, but also of what we have accomplished at Bowdoin.  Students, faculty, staff, trustees, parents, alumni -- everyone in the Bowdoin community has been part of our progress.  In keeping with the letter and the spirit of NEASC's Standards for Accreditation, the report also notes areas where we can and will focus in the years ahead.

Our completed report reflects 18 months of work and the involvement of many people at Bowdoin.  Early drafts were open to campus review, and the comments of faculty, staff and students were incorporated into the final product.  I would especially like to thank former Dean for Academic Affairs Craig McEwen for guiding the self-study in every respect from May 2005 into the early summer of 2006, Professor Ann Kibbie for her invaluable editorship during the summer months, and Lucie Teegarden for her work in editing the editors.

If you have comments or questions about the self-study document, please send them to Scott Meiklejohn at smeiklej@bowdoin.edu

Sincerely,

Barry Mills