Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation

Becoming Accredited: Handbook for Applicants and Candidates for Accreditation
To be used by institutions applying for Candidate for Accreditation status. Includes hyperlinks within the Handbook and to external resources.

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Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation
This latest edition of Characteristics was revised in March 2011 to reflect the new distance education and correspondence education requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

1-20 copies = $9.00 ea.
21 or more copies = $8.50 ea.

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Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation (2014)
This latest version of the Commission's accreditation standards and requirements was approved by member institutions during Fall 2014 and updated for clarification with minor editorial changes in May 2015. It should currently be used ONLY by the 15 institutions that are participants in the Commission's Collaborative Implementation Project. These revised standards will become effective for all MSCHE institutions effective with those that have self-studies due during the 2017-18 academic year or later.

1-999 copies = $3.00 ea.

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