These policies and procedures address the responsibilities of the Commission and its member institutions. It includes general accreditation policies, as well as those that refer specifically to the peer review process, the programs and services offered by member institutions, and administrative procedures of the Commission.
Taken together, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education (2006), the Commission’s basic handbooks, manuals, and other publications, and these policies provide a comprehensive set of documents describing all aspects of the Commission’s accreditation protocol and related activities.
All of the policies and procedures are either elaborations of the standards for accreditation set forth in Characteristics of Excellence, or they describe procedural requirements for institutions and for the Commission. Guidelines are based on best practices and provide advice to members for implementing the accreditation standards.
The Commission invites member institutions to comment on its policies and procedures even when a formal review is not in process. This type of feedback will help to improve Commission practices and keep the Commission in touch with constituent views on important issues that affect policy development.
Good Practice for Accrediting in Higher Education (PDF)
Institutional Responsibilities in the Accreditation Process (PDF)
Principles for Good Practices: Regional Accrediting Commissions (Word)
Substantive Change Policy Statement (PDF)
Substantive Change Processes (PDF)
Substantive Change Request for New Additional Location or Branch Campus, Reclassification of an Existing Site, or Relocation of an Existing Additional Location or Branch Campus (Word)
Substantive Change Request for Closing an Additional Location or Branch Campus (Word)
Substantive Change Request Form for Institutional Closure or Institutional Status Requiring a Teach-Out Plan (PDF)
[See also "Frequently Asked Questions about Substantive Change"]
Separately Accreditable Institutions (Word)
The Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO): Role and Responsibilities (PDF)
Dues & Fees: Effective July 1, 2013 (Word)
Dues & Fees: Effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (Word)
MSCHE Services Provided for a Fee (Word)
Credit Hour Policy (PDF)
Degree and Credit Guidelines (PDF)
Cycle and Timing of Accreditation Review (PDF)
Follow-up Reports and Visits (PDF)
Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation (PDF)
Summary of Actions a Team May Take (PDF)
Standardized Language for Commission Actions on Accreditation
and Examples of Options for Follow-up (PDF)
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