Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation

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 distance education and correspondence education requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Please Note: This publication is no longer available in print form, but is available for free download.

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Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
This latest version of the Commission's accreditation standards and requirements of affiliation was approved by member institutions during Fall 2014 and updated for clarification with minor editorial changes in May 2015 and November 2015. These revised standards will become effective for all MSCHE institutions beginning with those that have self-studies due during the 2017-18 academic year or later.

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