Middle States Accreditation

What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education?

“The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.” (Mission Statement - http://www.msche.org)

The vision of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is to be the preeminent resource for institutions of higher education striving to achieve excellence in fulfilling their missions. Through voluntary assessment and adherence to high standards for student learning outcomes and operational behavior, MSCHE also intends to assure the public that its accredited institutions are fulfilling their stated purposes and addressing the publics’ expectations. (http://www.msche.org)

How does MSCHE Assist Institutions of Higher Education?

The Core Values of the Commission clearly indicate their commitment to work with higher education institutions through self-regulation and peer-review. MSCHE fosters a “continuous and seamless relationship with member institutions to promote self evaluation and institutional improvement”.  (Core Values – msche.org) The Commission respects the unique mission of each institution and its evaluation processes and procedures for student learning outcomes assessment, effective teaching and institutional effectiveness.

MSCHE is also committed to the principles of cooperation, flexibility, and openness and assists member institutions in the transparency about the accreditation processes and the status held by each member institution that is an essential component higher education reporting procedures. The transparency is in response to the current needs of the higher education community and societal changes. It is important to consider these societal and institutional needs through attention to and emphasis on both improvement and compliance in conjunction with MSCHE.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education facilitates and supports the ability of higher education institutions to respond to a diverse, dynamic, global higher education community that is continually evolving.

Middle States Documents