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MSCHE Unveils New USDE Recognition Webpage

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has unveiled a webpage dedicated to the renewal process for its recognition with the United States Department of Education (USDE). MSCHE’s USDE Recognition page provides information about the recognition process for institutional accreditors. Institutional accreditors…

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MSCHE Statement on the Damage Caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) extends its concerns for students, faculty, and staff in Puerto Rico impacted by the tremendous destruction caused by Hurricane Fiona. With over 50 accredited institutions and many other locations around the island, the Commission recognizes…

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Advocacy Alert: USDE Seeks NACIQI Member Nominations

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) would like to draw your attention to the call for nominations from the United States Department of Education (USDE) for appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Secretary of Education,…

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Public Comment Period Begins for MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation Proposed Revision

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is pleased to call for public comments on its proposed revisions to our Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. Learn more about the revisions and provide input into this process by reviewing MSCHE President Dr….

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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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MSCHE Signs Diversity in Admissions Amicus Brief

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was among 40 higher education organizations signing an amicus brief in the matter of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, Univ. No. Carolina, Students for Fair Admissions’ (SFFA’s) submitted on August 1, 2022, by the…

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Dr. Diana Barbu Joins MSCHE Research Unit

Dr. Diana Barbu joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in August 2022 as Senior Director for Research. In this role, she will lead the important work of the Research Unit, which includes conducting both ongoing and new research and data…

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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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MSCHE Extends Commissioner Terms

As part of its ongoing effort to assess the changing demands of accreditation and evaluate its functioning, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) revised its Bylaws, approved at the June 2022 Commission meeting, to extend commissioner terms from 3 years to…

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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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