Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Frequently Asked Questions

Do institutions ever lose accreditation?


When an institution fails to meet Commission standards, the Commission will take other steps, which are described in the policy  Accreditation Actions. These steps include warning an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy, placing an institution on probation, or requiring an institution to show cause why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. Institutions have the right to appeal an adverse accreditation action, and the institution retains its accredited status during the appeal process.

If there is insufficient information to substantiate that an institution meets one or more Commission standards, the Commission may postpone a decision on accreditation and request a supplemental information report from the institution.