About Us

The Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education, doing business as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), was formally incorporated under Pennsylvania Commonwealth law on March 1, 2013. From its origins in 1919 through February 2013, the Commission was a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is now an independent corporation.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Because MSCHE is an institutional accreditor, we examine institutions as a whole rather than specific programs within institutions. MSCHE provides education, quality assurance, and other services to members.

MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally. To learn more about MSCHE’s global footprint, click here.

MSCHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education and has identified the following purposes within its Bylaws:

  • To serve as an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to conduct voluntary, non-governmental peer review;
  • To contribute to the regulatory triad by working with the United States Department of Education and state agencies that serve MSCHE applicant, accredited, or candidate institutions;
  • To support the accreditation activities of MSCHE applicant, accredited, or candidate institutions by working with other appropriate government authorities, including international agencies;
  • To act and make decisions concerning the applicant, accreditation or candidate for accreditation status, or the scope of accreditation of member institutions, and take other administrative actions, in accordance with policy;
  • To assure students and the public of the educational quality of higher education and to ensure institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission, and
  • To support other activities as may be necessary and consistent with the general purposes of the Corporation.

The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which you can learn more about here.


Updated as of April 20, 2021