Carnegie Mellon University

MSCHE & Accreditation Decisions1

After the Peer Evaluation Team Visits

At the close of the Peer Evaluation Team Visit to CMU's campuses and locations, the team chair provides an oral report to CMU of the team's findings. The oral report may include descriptions of the university's significant achievements and non-binding, colleagial suggestions for improvement. If the team has concern about the university's current or continuing ability to meet MSCHE Standards of Accreditation or Requirements of Affiliation [pdf] or Verification of Compliance [pdf] elements, it may propose recommendations or requirements for MSCHE (Commission) to consider. The team's final written report is submitted to the Commission and to CMU.  Interim President Jahanian, on behalf of the institution, will send a written response to that report to provide additional clarification or analyses, if needed.  The team chair then prepares and sends a Confidential Brief to the Commission, which includes proposed action on the university's reaccreditation.

Commission Action

The Commission’s Committee on Evaluation Reports reviews the Self-Study Report, the Team Report, the Team Chair’s Confidential Brief (which presents the team’s proposal for Commission action), and the formal CMU Response to the Team Report submitted by Interim President Jahanian. The Team Chair participates in this Committee meeting, where each case is discussed fully and the Committee decides whether to accept or modify the course of action proposed by the Peer Evaluation Team. This Committee then makes a recommendation for final action to the Commission. The action of the Commission will be communicated in writing to Interim President Jahanian, and will be accompanied by an updated Statement of Accreditation Status, which will also be publicly available on MSCHE's website.

The Commission may take the following actions1,2:

Reaffirmation Actions

  • Reaffirm accreditation (without any required follow-up reporting)
  • Reaffirm accreditation and request a follow-up report, without a visit from an MSCHE Vice President or a small team.
  • Reffirm accreditation and request a follow-up report, with a visit from an MSCHE Vice President or a small team.

Deferment Actions

  • Reject the reaccreditation report and request resubmission within a short timeframe.
  • Postponement a decision in order to request a supplemental information.

Adverse Actions

  • Warning, probation or show cause, which indicate that the university did not meet one or more accreditation standards or requirements and may be in jeopardy of losing its accreditation. 

1From MSCHE Self-Study Guide (2015) [.pdf]
2From MSCHE Policy on Accreditation Actions [.pdf]