MSCHE Statement on Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Art Institutes Show Cause

MSCHE Statement on the Show Cause Actions for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Issued July 19, 2018

At its meeting on July 18, 2018, the Executive Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to require The Art Institute of Philadelphia and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to Show Cause by August 31, 2018, as to why their accreditation should not be withdrawn. Each institution is required to present their individual cases for continued accreditation by means of Show Cause reports documenting evidence that the institutions have achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation and policies.

The Show Cause action also requires The Art Institute of Philadelphia and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to each complete and submit for approval, no later than August 31, 2018, a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan describing how, if the Commission withdraws accreditation, all students including any student requiring access to Title IV funding will be accommodated.

The institutions are invited to appear before the Commission when the Commission meets to consider the institution’s show cause report.

The full text of the Commission’s July 18, 2018, actions appear in the Public Disclosure Statement for each institution and can be viewed at or