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Middle States Accreditation

What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.

Standards of Accreditation

The "Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education" describes the requirements of affiliation and the fourteen (14) Standards for accreditation. Accredited institutions are expected to "demonstrate these Standards in substantial measure, to conduct their activities in a manner consistent with the Standards, and to engage in ongoing processes of self-review and improvement."

Click the links below for a chart briefly describing each of the 14 Accreditation Standards.

MSCHE has a list of Frequently Asked Questions on its webpage.

Accreditation Cycle & Timeline

The Commission maintains a 10-year cycle of review, beginning with a self-study and on-site evaluation visit, and followed by a Periodic Review Report five years later.

The Commission monitors change that occurs between regularly scheduled periodic evaluations. Institutions must keep the Commission on Higher Education apprised of plans for change and of actual changes in their status. The Commission must be current in its information about each institution's substantive changes in order to sustain and satisfy its accountability as an accrediting agency.

SUNY Orange's Accreditation Cycle

Substantive Change Proposal - Newburgh Branch Campus

The College submitted its Substantive Change Proposal to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in September 2010 for review and recognition of Newburgh as a branch campus. Please click on the links below to access the proposal in your preferred file format.