Middle States Accreditation Activities
The University of Scranton is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
The University's Middle States accreditation activities are led by Ms. Kathryn (Kate) Yerkes, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness. Ms. Yerkes serves as the University's Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer.
Middle States is one of six regional accreditors within the United States. For more information about regional accreditation of higher education in the United States, consider this monograph from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Colleges and university accreditation typically follows the following cycle:
Self Study, an in-depth institutional analysis that takes place every ten years. The self study requires the institution to review its programs, services, and operations with respect to the fourteen standards for Middle States accreditation, and results in a series of recommendations for improvement. The self study is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers, who can make recommendations of their own to the the institution, and by leadership at MSCHE. The University of Scranton's next self study is due in 2018.
Periodic Review, a process which takes place every five years, requiring the institution to review its progress toward meeting the recommendations for improvement it made to itself, and any recommendations that were made by the peer review team or MSCHE. The PRR also requires supplemental information regarding an institution's planning, budgeting, and institutional and student learning assessment activities. The University of Scranton's last PRR was submitted in June 2013.
Institutional Profile, an annual submission of a series of data and information about the institution. The University submits its profile to MSCHE each spring.
Detailed information about these processes can be found below.
The Middle States Commision has recently completed a review and revision of its standards for accreditation. The new standards are available on the Commission web site; these will replace the current Characteristics of Excellence. Member institutions will need to comply with these standards on a timetable determined by the date of their next institutional self study.
Middle States Periodic Review 2013
The University's accreditation with Middle States was last reaffirmed following its 2008 Self Study. The University completed its Periodic Review Report (PRR) process in June 2013. The PRR process and report were structured to meet the requirements for the Periodic Review Report (PRR), as described in Middle States' PRR handbook.
The report was accepted by Middle States in November 2013. Documents and reports related to the Periodic Review, including the Middle States review team report, are available for review by members of the University community via the University's my.scranton portal. To view the University's Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS), visit www.msche.org.
Following the Periodic Review, the University engaged in follow up activities related to Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning. Members of the University community can view the resulting report, submitted to Middle States in August 2014, and a variety of related documents via the my.scranton portal. Additional information related to the Univerisity's student learning assessment practices is available via the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA). To learn more, visit the OEA web site, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the University's institutional accreditation status, or specific Middle States accreditation processes, should be directed to Kathryn Yerkes, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning & Institutional Effectivenss, and the University's Middle States' Accreditation Liaison Officer.
Middle States Self Study 2008
Members of the University of Scranton community can view a copy of the 2008 self study report and the report from the Middle States' visiting review team by visiting the links below. These files can only be opened from an on-campus network location.