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

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.

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. The University submits its profile to MSCHE each spring.

Detailed information about these processes can be found below.

The Middle States Commision is currently engaged in a review and revision of its standards for accreditation. The revised standards, in their final form, will replace the current Characteristics of Excellence. Visit www.msche.org to review the proposed revised standards.

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 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.

Steering Committee Charge and Membership

Subcommittees & Members

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.

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' 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.

Middle States Self Study Report

Visiting Team Report

Middle States Substantive Change

Middle States requires that institutions, under certain circumstances as outlined in its substantive change policy, submit a proposal for substantive change when beginning a new program, new educational site, or new level of degree.  For more information about recent substantive change submissions by the University, contact Kathryn Yerkes, Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness.

Middle States Institutional Profile

The Institutional Profile is submitted to Middle States each spring. The profile contains selected information about the University and its programs. The profile is prepared by the Office of Institutional Research, the office which maintains and reports official University data for this and other required reporting.  For information related to the Profile, contact Kathryn Yerkes, Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness.