MSCHE Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a global concern, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has received a number of inquiries about its operations. MSCHE understands that this is a difficult time for institutions and is committed to working with all impacted MSCHE members.

The following information is provided by MSCHE as a resource for institutions, peer evaluators, and the public as to the latest communications, policy waivers, and guidance.

MSCHE is also working closely with the U.S. Department of Education to provide as much flexibility as possible in accreditation related matters. Please refer to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) COVID-19 Resources for additional and updated guidance.

Please bookmark and check this page for updates.

MSCHE Finance Related Information

  • Travel Reimbursement: The Commission must suspend reimbursements for reasonable and necessary travel expenses that may have been incurred during accreditation activities. This suspension is in effect at least until May 1, 2020. Please email with questions.
  • Payments to the Commission: Payments to the Commission must be made through ACH payments or wire transfer and should no longer be done through the mailing of checks. Please email with questions and for instructions on making payments.
  • Vendors:  Electronic billing and invoicing is now required for all Commission business. Please email bills and invoices as well as questions to

MSCHE Recorded Webinar: Virtual Site Visit Training (March 24, 2020)

MSCHE has provided a recorded webinar to assist institutions and evaluators conducting virtual site visits. The Virtual Site Visit Training Module addresses the temporary flexibility provided by the United States Department of Education to address coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted institutions and accrediting agencies. Please note that this recorded webinar is a supplement to training already provided to Team Chairs and peer evaluators and does not negate any previous training.

To access the webinar visit
You will be asked to check a box near the top to accept terms and then can register by providing your name and email.

To download a copy of the webinar transcript visit

Virtual Site Visits: A Guide in Response to COVID-19 for Institutions and Teams (Total Time – 22:19) Time Code
Slide 1 – Introduction 00:10
Slide 2 – Disclaimer 02:17
Slide 3 – MSCHE Memo: March 13, 2020 02:18
Slide 4/5 – USDE Guidance: March 17, 2020 03:08
Slide 6 – MSCHE Virtual Site Visits 04:25
Slide 7 – Before the Virtual Site Visit 06:44
Slide 8 – During the Virtual Site Visit 09:27
Slide 9 – After the Virtual Site Visit 13:12
Slide 10 – Virtual Site Visit Etiquette 14:38
Slide 11- Keys to Success for Virtual Site Visits 16:08
Slide 12 – Questions and Resources 20:26
Slide 13 – Thank you 20:49


MSCHE Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 Update (March 17, 2020)

On behalf of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the President’s office, MSCHE senior leadership is providing a recorded webinar to share important messaging and deliver information to all MSCHE constituents, that is accurate as of the date and time of this webinar.

To access the webinar visit
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To download a copy of the webinar transcript visit

Presenters/Topics (Total Time – 20:41) Time Code
Heather Perfetti, President-Elect
Introduction 00:00
MSCHE COVID-19 Webpage 01:38
Latest Guidance from MSCHE and U.S. Department of Education 02:18
MSCHE Business Continuity and Sponsored Events 05:12
Annual Institutional Update (AIU) 07:43
Christy Faison, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations
MSCHE Accreditation Activities 10:13
Spring Visits 10:40
Virtual Visits 13:01
Self-Study Prep Visits and Commission Directed Visits 14:55
International and Veterans – Student Guidance 15:29
Steve Pugliese, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Institutional Support 16:11
MSCHE Contacts 17:56
Additional Questions 19:49



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