Middle States Accreditation

Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is essential for the University. Not only does it affirm the University’s quality, it also is a federal requirement making students eligible for financial aid such as Pell grants and faculty able to apply for funding from federal agencies.

Bloomsburg University’s Statement of Accreditation Status

Bloomsburg University's Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer - Dr. Sheila Dove Jones, Assistant Vice President, Office of Planning and Assessment

Institutional Self-Study Report

Please review the third draft of the Institutional Self-Study Report, and provide written feedback to middlestates@bloomu.edu by Friday, December 7th.

MSCHE Self-Study Progress

Bloomsburg University’s action steps to complete the MSCHE Self-Study Report is a three-year process:

  • 2016-2017 - Development, submission, and approval of the MSCHE Self-study Design
  • 2017-2018 - Development, vetting, and submission of the MSCHE Self-study Report
  • 2018-2019 - Submission of final MSCHE Self-study Report to the Visitation Team; Visitation of the MSCHE Team to Additional Locations and Bloomsburg University Campus

Finalized Important MSCHE Dates

  • Middle States Team Chair Preliminary Visit (Dr. Virginia Horvath) - Monday, October 1, 2018 - On-campus visit
  • Middle States Additional Locations Site Visits (Dr. Virginia Horvath)
    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville, PA
    Thursday, March 7, 2019 – PA State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, Frackville, PA
  • Middle States Team Visit - March 24-27, 2019

MSCHE Self-Study Review Report Progress (2017-18)

The Kick-off meeting for the MSCHE steering work group was held on Sept. 28, 2017.

The MSCHE Timeline outlines the work to be accomplished by the steering work group.

Carver Hall

Office of the President

Bloomsburg University
Carver Hall
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301


    Bashar W. Hanna, Ph.D., president@bloomu.edu

Interim Senior VP and Provost

    James K. Krause, Ph.D., jkrause@bloomu.edu

Fall 2017 - Fall 2018

September - Draft chapters (Access collaborative writing environment)
December - Submit chapter drafts to leadership team
January 2018 - Draft revisions
January-March - Vet the draft with BU Community and Alumni
March - Revise draft report
April - Share draft with MSCHE Visiting Team Chair
May-December - Revise and Vet Self-Study Report, and Prepare Supporting Documents
October - Visit to BU by MSCHE Visitation Team Chair
December - Submit Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations

Spring 2019

January-March - Finalize revisions of Self-Study Report and Support Documents, and make arrangements for visiting team
March/April - Submit final Self-Study Report to the MSCHE Visiting Team (6 weeks prior to visit)
March/April - Visitation of Additional Locations (2-3 weeks prior to the site visit). Visit by MSCHE Self-Study Visiting Team, and Team Report and Oral Exit
April/May - Write Institutional Response
May/June - Submit Final Self-Study Report (President and Provost)
June - November - Receive MSCHE Reaccreditation Determination


2016-2017 MSCHE Self-Study Design

MSCHE member institutions approved the revised accreditation standards, Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation (Thirteenth Editions). These seven revised standards govern Bloomsburg University’s 2018-19 Self Study Review process. The MSCHE Charge was given to the Steering Work Group by President Soltz on Sept. 13, 2016. The Self-study Design was officially approved by MSCHE on July 24, 2017.

2009 MSCHE Decennial Reaccreditation

In 2009 Bloomsburg University completed its decennial reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org). The reaccreditation was conducted in compliance with the fourteen standards of excellence promulgated by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 2011, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education). Reaffirmation of Bloomsburg University’s MSCHE Accreditation was based on the MSCHE Visitation Report and the Self-Study Report.

2011 MSCHE Monitoring Report

The requested MSCHE Monitoring Report, submitted on April 1, 2011, was accepted on June 23, 2011, by the commission. The Monitoring Report documented: “(1) the revision and clarification of the institution’s mission and goals (Standard 1); (2) the further development of goals and objectives or strategies that are clearly stated, reflect conclusion drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit level (Standard 2); and (3) steps taken to strengthen general education, including the development of observable learning goals appropriate to higher education and institutional mission and stated as outcomes and the implementation of a documented assessment process for general education (Standard 12)."

2014 MSCHE Periodic Review Report

5-Year Reaccreditation

At its session on Nov. 20, 2014, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Acted: To accept the MSCHE Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation.

The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-19. Bloomsburg University’s MSCHE Periodic Review Report was submitted by June 1, 2014. A committee comprised of faculty, administrators, and staff members, established in Fall 2012 by President Soltz, wrote the report based on evidence of overall university effectiveness.

The Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education consists of six sections:

    (1) Executive Summary
    (2) Responses to Recommendations of the Commission
    (3) Challenges and Opportunities
    (4) Trends and Projections of Enrollment and Finance
    (5) Assessment Processes
    (6) Linked Planning and Budgeting Processes

Throughout the 2012-14 academic years, public comment periods on the PRR drafts were held through open forums, presentations to standing committees, and the Bloomsburg University webpage.

MSCHE Substantive Change Requests

Additional Locations

Bloomsburg University is approved by MSCHE to offer academic degree programs and certificates at the following “Additional Locations”

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Technical Leadership

  • Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
  • Harrisburg Community College, Harrisburg, PA
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA (new degree and location)
  • Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
  • PASSHE Center City, Mellon Independence Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Reading Area Community College

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

  • BLaST Intermediate Unit #17, Williamsport, PA - (9/2018 changed to Other Instructional Site)
  • Hazleton Area School District, Hazel Township, PA - (9/2018 changed to Other Instructional Site)

Certificate in Rehabilitative Justice (new degree and locations)

  • Pennsylvania Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, Frackville, PA
  • Pennsylvania Correctional Institution at Muncy, Muncy, PA

New Degree Programs & Certificates

Certificate in Pre-Medical Science Studies

  • Bloomsburg University, Department of Chemistry

Doctorate of Nursing Practice - DNP

  • Bloomsburg University, Department of Nursing

MSCHE Complaint Procedures and Policies

MSCHE recognizes the value of information provided by individuals in determining whether an institution’s performance is consistent with MSCHE standards for accreditation. MSCHE’s interest also is in assuring that member institutions maintain and follow appropriate grievance procedures. The MSCHE procedures address non-compliance with its standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, policies or procedures, or the institution’s own policies or procedures. Matters outside of MSCHE’s purview include disputes between individuals and affiliated institutions about admission, grades, granting or transferability of credits, application of academic policies, fees or other financial matters, disciplinary matters, contractual rights and obligations, personnel decisions, or similar matters. MSCHE expects individuals to attempt to resolve the issue through the institution’s own published grievance procedures before submitting a complaint to MSCHE. Please view MSCHE’s full complaint procedures and policies at https://www.msche.org/complaints/. Contact complaints@msche.org if you are in need of additional information.