About Middle States Accreditation
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States) accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several international locations.
MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. The Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, each covering a specific geographic area. Together, the six regional agencies are responsible for monitoring institution-wide accreditation at over 3,000 colleges and universities.
As a regional accrediting agency, Middle States evaluates and accredits an institution in its entirety, rather than accrediting specific academic programs within an institution. Therefore, accreditation reviews examine all aspects of a university including: educational activities; student learning outcomes; resources (human, financial, physical, and technical); governance; administration; policies; admissions; student services; and assessment practices.
An institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be eligible to participate in Title IV (i.e., federal financial aid) programs, which include federal loans, grants, and work-study.
Carnegie Mellon was most recently reaccredited via self-study in 2008. The university received a commendation from MSCHE for the quality of its self-study report and process. CMU's next reaccreditation review occurs via a Periodic Review Report, due to the Commission in the spring of 2013.