Message to the Bowdoin Community (October 27, 2017)

To the campus community,

As one of the final steps in Bowdoin’s decennial review for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a team of evaluators (listed below) will visit campus to meet with students, faculty, staff, and trustees from Sunday, November 5, to Wednesday, November 8. The evaluators, accomplished leaders within their fields, have been selected by NEASC to review Bowdoin, specifically focusing on NEASC’s nine standards for accreditation. We look forward to meeting with the team, learning from them, and sharing Bowdoin’s accomplishments and aspirations, many of which are captured in our self-study. The self-study and visit are the culmination of over a year of work by so many of you across our campus. I am deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to this important effort.

We invite you to participate in one of the open forums to respond to questions the reaccreditation visiting team may have about your experience at Bowdoin, and to attend the exit report the team will give of their initial findings. The meetings will take place as follows:

Staff Open Forum: Monday, November 6, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Student Open Forum: Monday, November 6, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m., Shannon Room (Room 208), Hubbard Hall

Faculty Open Forum: Tuesday, November 7, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Visiting Team Exit Report: Wednesday, November 8, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

More information about Bowdoin’s reaccreditation is available here on the Bowdoin website. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Finneran (725-3897) or Liz McCormack (725-3578).

Best regards,


Reaccreditation Visiting Team of Evaluators

Carol Quillen (chair), president, Davidson College
Jesse Dylan BarbaJ, director of institutional research, Amherst College
Joseph Burns, associate vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, Boston College
Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean, College of the Holy Cross
Kim Godsoe, associate provost for academic affairs, Brandeis University
Marla H. Kohlman, professor of sociology, Kenyon College
Richard Myers, vice provost for academic and budget planning, Princeton University
Michael J. Whaley, vice president for student affairs, Wesleyan University