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Regional Accreditors Issue Statements on Negotiated Rulemaking, Submit Comments to Department of Education

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) submitted comments on Sept. 12, 2018, to the U.S. Department of Education on several accreditation-related policies that will be discussed as part of the department’s negotiated rulemaking. Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of C-RAC and president of the Higher…

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Buffalo Town Hall Covers Commission Updates and National Accreditation Trends

More than 100 higher education administrators attended the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Town Hall in Buffalo, NY, on Sept. 13, 2018, at the Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER. The first of three Town Halls being held this year, Commission staff covered an array of…

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Amicus Brief on Net Neutrality Submitted by ACE and Signed by MSCHE

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was among the 19 higher education groups signing an amicus brief submitted on August 27, 2018, by the American Council on Education (ACE) in support of Mozilla Corporation. The Commission’s Executive Committee supports ACE’s position that “the FCC’s Restoring…

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Commission Staff Attend USDE Public Comment Session

The U.S. Department Education (USDE) held the first of three public sessions on Sept. 6, 2018, in advance of establishing a negotiated rulemaking committee that will propose regulations for Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act. Attending…

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Commission Undertakes Project to Clarify Policy and Procedure

In an effort to provide more clarity to Middle States Commission on Higher Education policies, procedures, and guidelines, all related Commission documents are undergoing review and revision to establish a clear and distinct statement of policy accompanied by a separate statement of procedures….

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New Policy Webpage Provides Improved Access to Documents

Policies, procedures and related documents are now more accessible with the launch of the Commission’s new website. Under the section, Browse Policies and Procedures visitors gain quick access to preview all current policies, procedures, and guidelines. These are documents that have been approved…

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Commission Publishes Technical Amendments Following Approval of the Eight-Year Accreditation Cycle

The Commission’s Accreditation Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy and Accreditation Actions Policy have undergone technical amendments and became effective on September 1, 2018. Accreditation Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy has undergone review and has been updated to reflect the Commission’s eight-year cycle and…

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The Commission Publishes a New Policy and Procedures on Peer Evaluators

The newly established Peer Evaluators Policy and Peer Evaluators Procedures became effective September 1, 2018, and are now available here. These documents define the requirements and responsibilities of the Commission to utilize competent, knowledgeable, and qualified peer evaluators who adhere to a code…

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The Commission Withdraws Five Documents

The Commission has withdrawn five documents as of September 1, 2018: Calculation of Next Accreditation Action: Under the Commission’s recently adopted eight-year accreditation cycle, institutions are now assigned to one of eight cohorts which cannot be changed. Institutional Peer Evaluator from the Commission…

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Inaugural Annual Institutional Update Open Until Sept. 28

As part of the new eight-year accreditation cycle, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has launched its inaugural Annual Institutional Update (AIU). The AIU, which closes on Sept. 28, 2018, is to be completed by all member institutions each year, including Self-Study…

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