Download Self-Study 2013-2014:
- Self-Study 2013-2014 (PDF)
- Please note this version has been reduced for on-line viewing. The full resolution report is available upon request from Christine Work x4763
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
- Self-Study and Team Evaluation Visit - April 2004
- Monitoring Report - Submitted March 2006
- Periodic Review Report - Submitted June 2009
- Next Self Study - Team Visit Scheduled for April 6 - 9th 2014
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.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education RESOURCES
Middle State’s Commission on Higher Education
The Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education (2006
Edition): Eligibility Requirements and Standards of
This publication is designed as a guide for those institutions considering application for membership, those accepted as candidate institutions, and those accredited institutions engaged in self-review and peer evaluation (PDF).
Student Learning Assessment: Options & Resources
This handbook from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is “a bridge between the Commission’s standards for accreditation and the practical challenges of planning, assessment, and continuous improvement.” This handbook is available for purchase.