Policy and Procedures

USDE Issues Dear Colleague Letters

The United States Department of Education (USDE) issued Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) addressing accreditation matters on June 16 and July 19, 2022. All institutions should review the letters and expect future guidance that will be issued in the next several weeks from the…

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Advocacy Alert: MSCHE Encourages Institutions to Comment on USDE Institutional Eligibility, Student Assistance General Provisions, and Federal Pell Grant Program Proposed Rulemaking

As part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) strategic priority to promote advocacy initiatives for its members and others, we encourage institutions to submit feedback during the comment period for the United States Department of Education (USDE) Institutional Eligibility, Student…

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Withdrawn Procedures Effective June 30, 2022

The Executive Committee voted to withdraw the Advance Notice of Non-Compliance Recommendations procedures effective June 30, 2022. The Commission has been updating its policy and procedures framework for several years, and other, more appropriate procedural options are in place in Accreditation Actions Policy…

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Advocacy Alert: MSCHE Encourages Institutions to Comment on USDE Proposed Title IX Rulemaking and Regulations to Expand and Improve Targeted Relief

As part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) strategic priority to promote advocacy initiatives for its members and others, we encourage institutions to submit feedback during the comment period for the proposed United States Department of Education (USDE) Title IX…

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MSCHE Policy Update Effective July 1, 2022

The following newly revised policies were approved by the Commission and will be effective July 1, 2022. Upon the effective date, documents will be available in the Browse Policies and Procedures section of the MSCHE website. The Commission approved the following policy revisions at…

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Advocacy Alert: USDE Seeks Public Input on Amending Regulations Implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to Strengthen and Protect the Rights of Students with Disabilities

As part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s strategic priority to promote advocacy initiatives for its members and others, we would like to draw your attention to the following announcement. The United States Department of Education announced its plans to gather…

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Policy Call for Comments: Related Entities Policy and Procedures

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education invites comments on the following revised policies: Related Entities Policy and Procedures The policy and procedure documents are provided in the link above. The accompanying procedural document is included to provide context and facilitate understanding of…

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Update on Recent Policy and Procedures Public Call for Comment

The MSCHE Policy Unit recently revised the Credit Hour Policy and Procedures and the Transfer of Credit, Prior Learning, and Articulation Agreements Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines. Because this was a substantive revision, the Commission issued a Public Call for Comment from January 24…

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MSCHE Policy Call for Comments

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education invites member and public comments on the following: Credit Hour Policy and Procedures Transfer of Credit, Prior Learning, and Articulation Agreements Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines An email was distributed to the key contacts of member institutions…

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Advocacy Alert: USDE Seeks Third Party Comments on Accreditor Recognition

As part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s strategic priority to promote advocacy initiatives for its members and others, we would like to draw your attention to the following announcement. The Accreditation Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of…

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