Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Guidelines for Institutional Improvement

Distance Education: Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (Online Learning)
This 2011 publication replaces the Commission's 2002 document, Distance Learning: Interregional Guidelines for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs. The new Guidelines were developed by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) and have been endorsed by all seven regional accrediting organizations in the U.S.

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Evaluating Institutional Student Learning Assessment Processes
A rubric to help you analyze your institutional processes.

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General Education Competency Grid
This easy to use grid will help you plan an assessment of students' competencies in General Education disciplines.

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Governing Boards: Understanding the Expectations of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
This booklet, first published in 2010, describes the responsibilities of governing boards, the importance of board autonomy, the board's role in institutional governance, what the Commission and its representatives might look for in governing board documentation, and more.

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Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Principles of Good Practice
Principles for Good Practice, Prepared by the Council for Regional Accrediting Commissions

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Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2nd Edition, 2007)
The handbook is available for download. Print editions are no longer available.

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What is Information Literacy?
Brief definitions.

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