MSCHE Defined

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, institutional membership association currently serving higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities within the United States.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education assures students and the public of the educational quality of higher education. The Commission’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.


The Commission operates with four fundamental principles. These are not just strategic activities; they are fundamental to the continued operation of the organization.

  1. The Commission maintains its historic commitment to quality assurance in institutions of higher education.
  2. The Commission maintains U.S. Department of Education recognition and continues to meet federal regulatory requirements.
  3. The Commission provides service and support to member institutions as they implement accreditation standards and engage in continuous improvement initiatives.
  4. The Commission maintains a sustainable business model.