MSCHE Statement on the Closure of The King’s College (NY)

On July 27, 2023, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) required that The King’s College (NY) submit a substantive change for institutional closure by August 11, 2023, based on information provided by the institution on July 14, 2023. The institution is no longer operational with students actively enrolled as of the fall term of 2023, which is a requirement of affiliation for all institutions. This closure terminates The King’s College’s appeal of the May 26, 2023, adverse action to withdraw accreditation.

The institution is required to submit the substantive change request for institutional closure by August 11, 2023, which must include the following information:

  1. evidence that student records have been transferred to the final repository (Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures)
  2. an update on the surrender of degree granting authority from the New York State Education Department (Requirement of Affiliation 1)
  3. an update on the orderly closure of the institution (Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and Requirement of Affiliation 2).

Required information as part of a closure can be found on the Commission’s Substantive Change page under Substantive Change Types and Request Forms, Type No. 13.

The date accreditation will cease will be determined following the substantive change request due on August 11, 2023.

In addition, the Commission has directed the institution to implement the approved teach-out plan and teach-out agreements. In accordance with Commission policy and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education. The Commission had previously acted to approve the updated teach-out plan and approve teach-out agreements with the following institutions accredited by MSCHE:

Houghton University, Houghton, NY

Cairn University, Langhorne Manor, PA

Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA

St. Joseph’s University, New York, New York, NY

Providence Christian College, Pasadena, CA (Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission)

Houghton University, Houghton, NY has been designated as the final repository of all The King’s College student records, and students may obtain academic records at Houghton University, One Willard Ave., P.O. Box 128, Houghton, NY 14744.

The Commission is developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource, which will be made available at

Policies and Procedures

Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures

Accreditation Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy and Procedures

Appeals from Adverse Accrediting Actions Procedures

Arbitration of Disputes Concerning Final Adverse Actions Procedures

Communication in the Accreditation Process Policy and Procedures

Public Disclosures Policy and Procedures

Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation

Teach-Out Plans and Agreement(s) Policy and Procedures