Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.

The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.  It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. 

Mission

The Commission 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.

Vision

The Commission aspires to be the preeminent resource for institutions of higher education striving to achieve excellence in fulfilling their missions.  It also intends, through voluntary assessment and adherence to high standards for student learning outcomes and operational behavior, to assure higher education’s publics that its accredited institutions are fulfilling their stated purposes and addressing the publics’ expectations.

Core Values

  • Voluntary membership
  • Self-regulation and peer review
  • A continuous and seamless relationship with member institutions to promote continuous self-evaluation and institutional improvement
  • Respect for the unique mission of each institution and evaluation within that context
  • Student learning and effective teaching
  • Transparency about the accreditation processes and the status held by each member institution
  • Commitment to the principles of cooperation, flexibility, and openness
  • Responsiveness to the needs of the higher education community and societal changes
  • Consideration of societal and institutional needs through attention to and emphasis on both improvement and compliance
  • Responsiveness to a diverse, dynamic, and global higher education community that is continually evolving

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