Middle States Accreditation
The University of Scranton is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE),3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 1-267-284-5000. Click here to view the University's current Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).
The University's Middle States accreditation activities are led by Kathryn Yerkes, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness. Ms. Yerkes serves as the University's Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO). Click here to view the role of the ALO.
Middle States is one of seven regional accreditors within the United States. Although a voluntary practice, holding regional accreditation is a requirement for higher education institutions seeking to access federal student financial aid and other funding. Membership to the Middle States association is incumbent upon an institution's compliance with the Commission's Standards for Accreditation and Requirements for Affiliation, and with other topical Commission policies. Visit www.msche.org to view these policies, information about the accreditation process and MSCHE expectations, or to file a complaint.
Part of the accreditation process serves to verify an institution's compliance with federal legislation, in particular, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which defines the process by which higher education institutions can access federal financial aid funding. Click here to view current guidelines for the verification process.
Self Study 2019
The University's decennial Middle States Self-Study is now underway. As part of this process the University will demonstrate compliance with MSCHE Requirements for Affiliation & Standards for Accreditation, and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in relation to its mission and goals. The University's Design for Self-Study describes our approach, including the organizational stucture and membership of the Steering Committee and Working Groups that will undertake the research, analysis, and drafting of the self-study report, which will be submitted to MSCHE in the spring of 2019. Visit www.scranton.edu/selfstudy to learn more. To share comments or feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the Middle States region, accreditation is comprised of the following components:
Self-Study, an in-depth institutional analysis that takes place every eight years. The self-study requires the institution to review its programs, services, and operations with respect to Middle States standards and its own mission, and results in report documenting the institution's strengths and recommendations for self-improvement. This report is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers who may make recommendations of their own to the institution, and by the Commission.
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.
Mid-Point Review, a process which takes place at the midpoint of the self-study cycle, requires the institution to review its progress toward meeting the recommendations for improvement from its prior self-study and address any other needs established by MSCHE during that process. This mid-point review replaces the prior Periodic Review Report, or PRR. The University of Scranton's last PRR was submitted in June 2013. Members of the University Community can view this report by logging into the my.scranton portal.
Annual Institutional Update, an annual submission of a series of data and information about the institution, its students, and its programs, along with updates to MSCHE from prior self-study or mid-point reporting. The University ALO submits the profile to MSCHE each spring.
Within each of these three processes, institutions are required to document compliance with a several accreditation-related aspects of federal legislation, including specific elements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). The Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness partners with the Office of Institutional Research and other units across campus through the University's HEOA Working Group to monitor and document these and other HEOA compliance initiatives on a regular basis.