MSCHE Announces Listening Sessions for Periodic Review of Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation

As announced during the MSCHE 2021 Annual Conference, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is undertaking a periodic review of its Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. For an overview of the process, visit MSCHE Standards Review Webpage. Individuals are encouraged to check this page periodically as the Commission will post additional information as it becomes available throughout the project.

Since the implementation of MSCHE’s current Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, the Commission has gathered feedback from surveys, institutional inquiries, and requests for clarification, as well as throughout the Commission’s decision-making processes. The Commission is now seeking feedback on five focus areas for consideration. These areas are:

  • the Requirements of Affiliation;
  • Verification of Compliance with Accreditation Relevant Federal Regulations;
  • Compliance with MSCHE policies and procedures;
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and
  • Data-based Decision-making.

Further information on these five focus areas is provided on the MSCHE Standards Review Webpage.

The Commission is hosting a series of listening sessions to hear the thoughts and suggestions of its constituents on one or more of the five focus areas. The listening sessions will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m. on the following dates:

So that the Commission may hear from as many individuals as possible, it must limit the time to five minutes per presenter.

Individuals interested in making a presentation, should should submit their name, title, institution, and the preferred date to Mary Beth Kait, MSCHE Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs, at [email protected].

Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-registered basis until filled.

Individuals who wish to audit a listening session can register by clicking on the desired dates above or found on the MSCHE Standards Review Webpage. Please note that these links are for auditing only. All presenter requests must be submitted through the ALO for your institution.

If individuals would like to submit written comments, please complete the public comment form on the bottom of the MSCHE Standards Review Webpage. The Commission welcomes written comments from all individuals.

Please send any questions to [email protected].