Middle States Commission on Higher Education Announces Actions from Its March 2022 Meeting

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has made public the accreditation actions approved at its March 10, 2022, virtual meeting.

“In the course of my involvement with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, it is fair to say that the March 2022 Commission meeting was one of the more involved meetings given the number and complexity of actions that have an impact on so many stakeholders within the membership,” said Commission Chair Dr. Davie Gilmour who presided over her first meeting as Chair. “On behalf of the Commission, I want to thank the many individuals at the system and institutional levels who engaged with the Commission, MSCHE staff, and our peer evaluators, who worked diligently throughout our multi-level decision making process in order for the Commission to take the most appropriate action.”

Among the actions, the Commission acted, as summarized, to:

  • Reaffirm the accreditation of 22 institutions, including St. Francis College and remove the institution from non-compliance warning because it is now in compliance.
  • To grant accreditation to
  • To require ASA College to show cause by April 15, 2022, and demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with the Commission’s standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal compliance requirements. The institution remains accredited while on show cause. The institution will be invited to present before the Commission when it next meets in June 2022 to consider the institution’s show cause report.
  • To warn Erie Community College (SUNY) that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Commission’s standards. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Commission’s standards. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning.
  • To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership for California University of Pennsylvania within the institution’s scope of accreditation and to note the complex substantive change request includes a modification of the fundamental structure of the institution pursuant to the legislative authorization of Act 188 as amended (including Act 50 of 2020), that integrates Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with and into California University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2022, the anticipated date of the transaction. To note that following such modification, the name of California University of Pennsylvania will change to Pennsylvania Western University. To further note that the accreditation and state degree granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will cease for Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as of July 1, 2022.
  • To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note the complex substantive change request includes a modification of the fundamental structure of the institution pursuant to the legislative authorization of Act 188 as amended (including Act 50 of 2020), that integrates Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with and into Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2022, the anticipated date of the transaction. To note that following such modification, the name of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will change to Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania. To further note that the accreditation and state degree granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will cease for Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania as of July 1, 2022.
  • To include a change in legal status, form of control, or ownership via a complex substantive change for Saint Joseph’s University to include within the scope of accreditation the merger with University of the Sciences effective June 1, 2022, the anticipated date of the transaction. The accreditation and state degree granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for University of the Sciences will cease as of December 31, 2022.
  • To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership for Universidad Andres Bello within the institution’s scope of accreditation effective March 10, 2022, from Laureate Chile to Fundación Educación y Cultura. To note that these transactions occurred on September 10, 2020, without prior approval and that these transactions are not retroactive. In addition, to include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership for Universidad Andres Bello within the institution’s scope of accreditation effective March 10, 2022, for the acquisition of AIEP Professional Institute by Corporation Universidad Andrés Bello. In addition,

“The Commission’s actions reflect the changing landscape across the higher education community; yet the foundation remains a commitment to being student-centered, which is reflected in the increasingly complex nature of this work and the resulting decisions,” said MSCHE President Dr. Heather F. Perfetti.

To access all actions and details related to the March 10 meeting, please click here.

For information about specific MSCHE institutions, visit the institution directory to access a Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS). The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.


Policies and Procedures

https://go.msche.org/Accreditation-Actions

https://go.msche.org/Accreditation-Review-Cycle-and-Monitoring

https://go.msche.org/Standards-for-Accreditation

https://go.msche.org/Communication-In-The-Accreditation-Process

https://go.msche.org/Public-Disclosures

 

Institutional Non-Compliance Actions, and Policies and Procedures

https://www.msche.org/non-compliance-and-adverse-actions/ (and choose the institution to download the letter sent to the institution)

https://go.msche.org/Teach-Out