Middle States Accreditation Activities
The University of Scranton is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Middle States is one of six regional accreditors within the United States.
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.
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.
Institutional Profile, an annual submission of a series of data and information about the institution.
Information about these processes can be found below.
Middle States Periodic Review 2013
The University's accreditation with Middle States was 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 Steering Committee was co-chaired by Dr. John Deak, faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences and Ms. Kate Yerkes, Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness.
Documents and reports related to the Periodic Review are available for review by members of the University community via the University's my.scranton portal.
Questions regarding the University's institutional accreditation status, or specific Middle States accreditation processes, should be directed to Kathryn Yerkes, Director of Planning & Institutional Effectivenss, and the University's Middle States' Liaison.
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.