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July 18: Carnegie Mellon Receives High Marks in Reaccreditation


Ken Walters                      

Carnegie Mellon Receives High Marks in Reaccreditation

Middle States Board Lauds University

campus viewPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University recently received reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), earning high marks from the commission in the process. The university achieved the best possible outcome from the commission, which noted the high quality of the university's self-study process and report. 

"This outcome is a great tribute to quality of teaching, commitment to students and dedication to continuous improvement that we see every day in the classrooms, labs and studios at this university," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon. "It is a tribute to the hard work of the faculty and administration at every college and campus."

The commission, which accredits degree-granting universities in several states, is an association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions. It examines each university as a whole, instead of specific programs inside an institution.

"Accreditation is not something to be taken for granted. More and more, universities are being asked to reach higher standards and ask themselves much tougher questions than they have in the past," Cohon said. "This milestone of reaccreditation affirms that we are on the right path and is a great achievement."

MSCHE assesses institutions on 14 standards, covering everything from administrative practices to faculty and curriculum. In particular, the commission noted Carnegie Mellon's planning and internal assessment processes, and its diverse and creative approaches to assess student learning.

Carnegie Mellon, which has been accredited since 1921, will face its next reaccreditation process in 10 years.