Policy and Procedures

USDE Opens Third Round of Second Chance Pell Grants (Letter of Interest Due by October 28, 2021)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) would like to draw your attention to the below announcement from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) about the Second Chance Pell Grant program. MSCHE already has several institutions experienced with providing education in prisons,…

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Technical Amendments to the Substantive Change Guidelines and Complex Substantive Change Procedures Announced

The Commission made technical amendments to the Substantive Change Guidelines and Complex Substantive Change Procedures and updated the related templates-request forms, effective August 1, 2021. Upon the effective date, the documents are available on the Browse Policies and Procedures page and can be…

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Statement on Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has been in ongoing discussions with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and its institutions regarding the proposal approved by the State System of Higher Education board on July 14, 2021. The Commission has procedures in…

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MSCHE Provides Written Comments on USDE Intent to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committees

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) submitted written comments to the notice from the United States Department of Education (USDE) to establish negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of…

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New or Revised Policies, Procedures, and Statements Effective July 1, 2021

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved several new or revised policies, procedures, and statements at its June 24, 2021, Commission meeting. Upon the effective date, the documents are available on the Browse Policies and Procedures page and can be found using the search…

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MSCHE Endorses AAC&U Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism and American History

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has endorsed a statement spearheaded by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) that opposes the “spate of legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and…

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MSCHE Urges Flexibility in USDE Title IX Review

In response to the request by the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for comments to improve enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) submitted written feedback on…

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Revised Accreditation Activities Guidelines

The Commission made technical amendments to the Accreditation Activities Guidelines effective March 1, 2021. Upon the effective date, the documents are available on the Browse Policies and Procedures page and can be found using the search filter. The policy unit made technical amendments…

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Revised Procedures Posted

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) made technical amendments to the Follow-Up Reports and Visits Procedures and the Follow-Up Reports Guidelines. These revised procedures and guidelines are effective February 1, 2021. Upon the effective date, the documents will be available on…

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Revisions Made to Public Disclosure and Communication in the Accreditation Process Procedures

The Commission made technical amendments to the Communications in the Accreditation Process Procedures and the Public Disclosures Procedures to align with the July 1, 2020 federal regulations. These newly revised procedures are effective January 1, 2021. The revised documents can currently be found…

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