Advocacy

USDE Opens Third Round of Second Chance Pell Grants (Letter of Interest Due by October 28, 2021)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) would like to draw your attention to the below announcement from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) about the Second Chance Pell Grant program. MSCHE already has several institutions experienced with providing education in prisons,…

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Listen Now: MSCHE Pillars of Change Podcast with Bowie State University President Aminta Breaux

As the 10th president of Bowie State University, the oldest historically Black university in Maryland, Dr. Aminta Breaux is committed to ensuring that every student develops an entrepreneurial mindset to achieve success in the workplace and the community. In the fourth episode of…

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MSCHE Provides Written Comments on USDE Intent to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committees

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) submitted written comments to the notice from the United States Department of Education (USDE) to establish negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of…

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MSCHE Endorses AAC&U Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism and American History

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has endorsed a statement spearheaded by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) that opposes the “spate of legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and…

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Offices to Close for Juneteenth

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education will be closing at noon on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth.  This year, MSCHE added Juneteenth, a day commemorating the freeing of enslaved African Americans in the United States, as a staff holiday to recognize this important moment in our nation’s history. The celebration of Juneteenth is a component of the Commission’s overall strategic initiative on advocacy, and a commitment…

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MSCHE Urges Flexibility in USDE Title IX Review

In response to the request by the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for comments to improve enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) submitted written feedback on…

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MSCHE Endorses Recommendations in ACE Transfer Report

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has endorsed the recommendations put forth in the Reimagining Transfer for Student Success: The National Task Force on the Transfer and Award of Credit report published by the American Council on Education (ACE). An ACE Task…

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MSCHE Joins Higher Learning Advocates & Partners to Ask ED to Issue Guidance Related to Student Mental Health

The Higher Learning Advocates and 13 partner organizations, including Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), submitted a letter to Secretary Cardona, asking the Department of Education to issue guidance to institutions to clarify that mental health supports and services fall under the…

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Listen Now: MSCHE Pillars of Change Podcast with Trinity Washington University President Pat McGuire

The third episode of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) Pillars of Change podcast series is now available. For more than 30 years, Trinity Washington University President Pat McGuire has been a national voice in addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while empowering her…

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Newly Published “A Framework for Action” Guides System and Accreditor Interactions

Recognizing the need for accreditors to serve as partners with public higher education systems, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was pleased to join a Lumina Foundation funded initiative to develop guidelines for engagement and effective partnership. The resulting “A Framework…

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