Middle States Commission on Higher Education Announces Actions from its June 2022 Meeting

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has made public the accreditation actions approved at its June 22-23, 2022, virtual meeting.

“The Middle States Commission on Higher Education remains focused on equitably applying its standards and requirements of affiliation to all of the institutions in the MSCHE membership. The membership has faced extraordinary challenges, and this meeting saw a number of institutions out of compliance with the Commission’s expectations,” said Commission Chair Dr. Davie Gilmour. “However, many institutions also presented exceptional examples of the student-centered work being done across the membership, despite these challenges, with much to be celebrated.”

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

  • Reaffirm the accreditation of 47 institutions, including Davis College and remove the institution from non-compliance warning because it is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment).

Please note that in each of the following non-compliance actions, the institution will have a follow-up team visit following submission of its monitoring report and include a Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations.

Non-Compliance Show Cause

  • To require Valley Forge Military College to submit a show cause report by September 1, 2022, and demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with the Commission’s standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal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. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. The show cause report, due September 1, 2022, needs to document evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity); Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experiences); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment); Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement); Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration); and Requirements of Affiliation 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14. The institution will be invited to present before the Commission when it next meets in November 2022 to consider the institution’s show cause report.

Non-Compliance Probation

  • To place Bloomfield College on probation and note that the institution’s accreditation is in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment); Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement); and Requirements of Affiliation 8, 9, 10, and 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on probation.
  • To place Nyack College on probation and note that the institution’s accreditation is in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by December 1, 2022, and remains accredited while on probation.

Non-Compliance Warning

  • To note the show cause presentation by the representatives of ASA College who appeared before the Commission on June 22, 2022, and to note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity), Standard VII (Governance, Leadership, and Administration), and Requirements of Affiliation 12 and 14. To move the institution from show cause to warning and note that the institution’s accreditation remains in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by December 1, 2022, and remains accredited while on probation.
  • To warn Boricua College that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn Bryn Athyn College of the New Church that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard I (Mission and Goals) and Standard VII (Leadership, Governance, and Administration). The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn Clinton Community College (SUNY) that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn Marymount Manhattan College that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 9. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn Medaille College that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity). The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn Saint Mary’s Seminary & University that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 9. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn SUNY College at Potsdam that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 11. The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.
  • To warn United Lutheran Seminary that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). The institution must submit a monitoring report by March 1, 2023, and remains accredited while on warning.

Complex Substantive Change

  • To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership for Ana G. Mendez University within the institution’s scope of accreditation effective June 23, 2022, that includes an inter-company transfer of substantially all of the educational assets of Ana G. Mendez University to a nonprofit corporation named Agmus Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez (SUAGM). The transaction includes a name change of Agmus Ventures, Inc. to Ana G. Mendez University, Inc. (doing business as AGMU, Inc.). To note that the transaction occurred on August 1, 2021, without prior approval and that the approval of the transaction is not retroactive.

“I continue to be grateful to our Commissioners, who sit among the many individuals, including MSCHE staff and our peer evaluators, working diligently throughout our multi-level decision making process,” said MSCHE President Dr. Heather F. Perfetti. “The process of review provides opportunities for institutions and the Commission to reflect upon the work being done throughout the membership, resulting in the strengthening of institutions through quality assurance and student-centered commitments across all levels involved in this process.”

To access all actions and details related to the June 22-23 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

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

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

Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation: https://go.msche.org/Standards-for-Accreditation

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

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

Institutional Non-Compliance Actions, and Policies and Procedures

Show Cause Appearance Before the Commission Prior to Withdrawal of Accreditation: https://go.msche.org/Show-Cause-Appearance-Procedure

Appeals from Adverse Accrediting Actions: https://go.msche.org/Appeals-from-Adverse-Accrediting-Actions

Non-Compliance And Adverse Actions By Status: https://www.msche.org/non-compliance-and-adverse-actions/ (and choose the institution to download the letter sent to the institution)

Teach-Out Plans and Agreements: https://go.msche.org/Teach-Out