Four Institutions Granted MSCHE Candidate Status at the March 2023 Commission Meeting

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) granted four institutions Candidate for Accreditation Status during the March 2023 meeting of the Commission. The following institutions are now invited to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2025-2026 to determine whether accreditation should be granted:

Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine (New York)

Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing (New York)

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (Pennsylvania)

Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary College (Maryland)

“On behalf of the Commission, I want to offer my congratulations to these four institutions for achieving this milestone within our comprehensive and rigorous process,” MSCHE President Dr. Heather F. Perfetti stated. “Institutions undertake a multi-year process, and we ensure only those institutions who meet the expectations achieve this status and advance to self-study.”

Connie Clifton

Dr. Connie Clifton, Director for Membership

Attaining Candidate for Accreditation Status with the MSCHE is a multi-step process in which institutions must achieve and sustain compliance with the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, MSCHE policies and procedures, and applicable federal regulatory requirements. MSCHE approaches the applicant and candidate process with a service-oriented focus and supports institutions as they navigate the complexity of this process. Institutions who enter this process are supported by MSCHE staff, including Director for Membership Dr. Connie Clifton and Assistant Director for Institutional Support Services Ms. Diana Bonner, and join a learning community comprising the MSCHE institutional membership, state and system partners, peer evaluators, and Commissioners. The Commission is committed to supporting this process while ensuring institutions meet MSCHE’s rigorous standards.

“The application and candidacy process is designed to make certain that the Commission thoroughly assesses any new prospective institution considering accreditation with us,” said Dr. Clifton. “We are excited about the next phases of self-study for these institutions where we will have the opportunity to observe how they leverage their work under our standards to continue supporting their students and meeting their missions.”

MSCHE welcomes inquiries and applications from domestic and international institutions seeking accreditation. Institutions interested in application and candidacy should contact MSCHE at

For additional information, please refer to the Application and Candidacy Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy and Procedures and the MSCHE Application and Candidacy page.