Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Commission consider student learning at an institution?
Yes, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education considers student learning to be a very important matter in the accreditation process.
Four principles guided the development of the Commission's new accreditation standards: first, the mission-centric standards acknowledge the diversity of institutions; second, the focus of the standards is on the student learning experience; third, the standards emphasize institutional assessment and assessment of student learning; and fourth, the standards support innovation as an essential part of continuous institutional improvement. The new standards can be downloaded at www.msche.org/publications/RevisedStandardsFINAL.pdf.
In addition, the Commission has endorsed the statement, “Regional Accreditation and Student Learning: Principles for Good Practice” (available here in PDF), which was developed by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and adopted in May 2003. The Principles outline “What an accrediting commission should reasonably expect of itself” and “What an accrediting commission should reasonably expect of an institution”.