2022 Periodic Review of MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation

Overview

As a quality assurance agency, the Commission holds itself to the same expectations that are applied to its member institutions to conduct periodic assessment of itself, its requirements, and its effectiveness.

The Commission’s policy, Review of Commission Standards, Requirements of Affiliation, and Policies, establishes the Commission’s commitment to periodically evaluate the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.

As an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education, the Commission is required to meet all regulations, including Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 602.21 which defines the requirements for ongoing review of an agency’s standards to ensure that it is adequate to evaluate the quality of the education or training provided by the institutions and programs it accredits and relevant to the educational or training needs of students.

Goals for the Review Process

  • Update the Requirements of Affiliation to reflect the domestic and international membership initiative;
  • Incorporate the Requirements of Affiliation appropriately into the Standards;
  • Specify data expected within each requirement or standard;
  • Consider feedback received from the Collaborative Implementation Project as well as Committee and Commission meetings relative to the standards and requirements to determine appropriate updates in language.

Five Focus Areas for Consideration

Requirements of Affiliation

  • Is there a continued need to maintain some or all Requirements of Affiliation separate from the Standards?

Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations

  • How can the Commission best ensure compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulatory requirements?

ROA 6 and Standard II, Criterion 8, Compliance with MSCHE Policies

  • How can institutions best demonstrate and the Commission evaluate compliance with all policies and procedures?

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

  • What revisions are appropriate to address the increasingly diverse student populations?

Data-Based Decision Making

  • What revisions would support institutional understanding of appropriate data and use of key indicators that demonstrate achievement of institutional and degree/program goals and improvement?

Timeline

Events

  • MSCHE Annual Conference, Featured Session, December 15, 2021 – Watch | View Power Point Slides
  • Virtual Listening Sessions
    Click on a link below to audit the session ONLY. Individuals interested in making a presentation, should contact standardsreview@msche.org.

    • January 13, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
    • January 18, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
    • January 19, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
    • January 25, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
    • February 3, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
    • February 8, 2022 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET

Public Comment

The Commission welcomes public feedback. To submit comments on the five focus areas, please complete the below form.

Standards Review Public Comment

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Considerations and Topics for Feedback

Is there a continued need to maintain some or all Requirements of Affiliation separate from the Standards?
How can the Commission best ensure compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulatory requirements?
How can institutions best demonstrate and the Commission evaluate compliance with all policies and procedures?
What revisions are appropriate to address the increasingly diverse student populations?
What revisions would support institutional understanding of appropriate data and use of key indicators that demonstrate achievement of institutional and degree/program goals and improvement?
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