CHEA Approves MSCHE Change of Scope

At its November 20-24, 2020 meeting, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Committee on Recognition reviewed and approved the formal request for a change in the CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation submitted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Commission sought approval for the change in scope to reflect its decision to expand following changes in federal regulations effective July 1, 2020.

The Commission’s new CHEA-approved scope statement reads:

Degree-granting institutions which offer one or more postsecondary educational programs, including those offered via distance education, of at least one academic year in length at the Associate’s or higher level in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities within and outside of the United States.

MSCHE was last recognized by CHEA in 2013 for a period of 10 years and had its sixth-year interim report, as required by CHEA policy, approved in July 2019. MSCHE has held recognition since CHEA’s inception in 1996.