Middle States Accreditation Activities
The University of Scranton is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional accreditors within the United States. This institutional accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2008, following the University's successful decennial self study.
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.
Information about these processes can be found below.
Middle States Periodic Review 2013
The University's accreditation with Middle States was reaffirmed following its 2008 Self Study. The University currently completing its Periodic Review Report (PRR), scheduled for submission in June 2013. The review will be structured to meet the requirements for the Periodic Review Report, as described in Middle States' PRR handbook, which can be viewed in the "Accreditation Links and Materials" section below. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Dr. John Deak, faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences and Ms. Kate Yerkes, Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness. A draft of this report is now available for review by members of the University community via the University's my.scranton portal.
Questions regarding the University's institutional accreditation status, or the PRR process, should be directed to Robyn Dickinson, Associate Vice President for Information Resources.
Middle States Self Study 2008
The University's accreditation with Middle States was reaffirmed on June 26, 2008 following its self study. Members of the University of Scranton community can view a copy of the 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.
For additional information on these documents or other elements of the self study process, Robyn Dickinson, Associate Vice President for Information Resources.