Revisions Made to Public Disclosure and Communication in the Accreditation Process Procedures

The Commission made technical amendments to the Communications in the Accreditation Process Procedures and the Public Disclosures Procedures to align with the July 1, 2020 federal regulations. These newly revised procedures are effective January 1, 2021. The revised documents can currently be found in the Policies Under Review section of the MSCHE website. Upon the effective date, the documents will be available on the Browse Policies and Procedures page and can be found using the search filter.

The following changes were made to the Communication in the Accreditation Process Procedures:

  • The Commission will publicly disclose a list of the geographic areas of accrediting activities (the states and jurisdictions in which member institutions operate) in accordance with federal regulation 34 CFR § 602.12(b)(1). The Commission has created a page on its website for this information available at: https://www.msche.org/about-us/msches-global-footprint/.
  • Notification of accreditation actions
    • Under § 602.26(b) and (e), the institution is now required to disclose non-compliance (warning, probation, or show cause) and adverse actions within seven calendar days of receipt to all current and prospective students.
    • Under § 602.26(d), the Commission will provide notification to the public within one calendar day (formerly 24 hours) of notifying the institution.
    • Under § 602.26(f)(1), the time period that the commission has to notify the Department of a voluntary surrender of candidacy or accreditation is now 10 days, formerly 30 days.
  • Clarification that all discussions, materials, and records are considered confidential and that confidentiality is not limited to accreditation materials.
  • Clarification that Commission representatives should not post information regarding accreditation activities on social media.

The following changes were made to Public Disclosures Procedures:

  • There is continuing emphasis on transparency and public disclosure of consumer information.
  • Section III Procedures for Accurate Representation of Accreditation Status provides comprehensive requirements and was reorganized in a more concise way.
    • A revised sample statement that institutions may use is provided.
    • Candidate and accredited institutions may use the MSCHE logo in conjunction with the institution’s statement about its accreditation status.
    • The institution is now required to disclose information about its scope of accreditation, including a list of all other geographic locations in which the institution operates and programs available at those locations.
    • Under § 602.26(b) and (e), the institution is now required to disclose non-compliance (warning, probation, or show cause) and adverse actions within seven calendar days of receipt to all current and prospective students.