Middle States Accreditation, An Introduction
SUNY Cortland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
More affectionately known as Middle States or MSCHE.
- A chance for us to look at ourselves authentically and realistically and get feedback from our peers.
- New York State Education Department lets us operate.
- We are eligible for over 50 million dollars in federal aid.
- Other institutions acknowledge the credits and degrees that we provide.
- We learn about ourselves and how to improve.
Accreditation is a self-study and peer review process that looks at critical aspects of institutional effectiveness like how well we…
- Teach and support students
- Enact our mission
- Manage our resources
- And do it all ethically and with integrity
Every eight years, we do an extensive self-study that is then reviewed by a team of peers from other colleges.
The review is based on seven standards and our own institutional mission and strategic objectives.
- Mission and Goals
- Ethics and Integrity
- Design and Delivery of Student Learning
- Support of Student Experience
- Educational Effectiveness Assessment
- Planning, Resources and Institutional Effectiveness
- Governance, Leadership and Administration
The shark (image) on the previous page has nothing to do with Middle States or SUNY Cortland. Just making sure you’re still with us.
- Know who we are and what our purpose is?
- Where we’re going?
- How well we achieve our mission and goals?
- Know and address areas for improvement?
- And do we have evidence for our findings?
- Middle States Committee and Working Groups are beginning to study the standards, identify stakeholders and look at evidence.
- Engaging the whole campus in understanding mission, planning and self-study.
- We have a chance to address areas for improvement as we study them!
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