Middle States Accreditation

Middle States Accreditation


Every eight years, over 500 universities from New York to DC and other locations abroad participate in an accreditation process conducted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is a “voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence” through a rigorous process of self-study, site visits, and peer review.

MSCHE

Accreditation by 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 has been accredited by MSCHE since 1950, with the next Self-Study Evaluation occurring in 2019. Sheila Dove Jones, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Office of Planning and Assessment, serves as Bloomsburg University’s Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer (sjones@bloomu.edu).

Public Disclosure: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org 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.

MSCHE Self-Study Report Progress

A Steering Work Group was selected to design an institutional Self-Study and coordinate the re-accreditation process. Eight working groups were established to thoroughly address the seven standards and compliance component that are the focus of the self-study and review process. A combination of approximately 90 faculty, staff, and students are participating in this process.

The Self-Study highlights the University’s distinctive mission, the student learning experience, noteworthy accomplishments since last accredited, and areas for improvement. The Self-Study was submitted in January 2019 and the process will culminate with a team of peer evaluators who will use the report as the basis for an on-site evaluation in March 2019. The MSCHE re-accreditation determination is expected in June to November 2019.

The Steering Work Group welcomes questions, comments, or feedback regarding the Self-Study and accreditation process at middlestates@bloomu.edu

Carver Hall

Office of the President

Bloomsburg University
Carver Hall
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
570-389-4526

President

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

Senior VP and Provost

    Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Ph.D., drogers@bloomu.edu

MSCHE Self-Study Report Resources

Institutional Self-Study Report

The final Bloomsburg University Middle States Self-Study Report (2019) and the Evidence Roadmap are available to the campus community. Use your BU network login and password to access the documents. Please email questions to Deb Mucci: dmucci@bloomu.edu.

Self-Study Steering Work Group/Working Groups

Finalized Important MSCHE Dates

  • Middle States Team Chair Preliminary Visit (Virginia Horvath, Ph.D.) - Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 - On-campus visit
  • Middle States Additional Locations Site Visits (Virginia Horvath, Ph.D.)
    • » 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 to 27, 2019

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
  • Harrisburg Community College, Harrisburg
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville (new degree and location)
  • Northampton Community College, Bethlehem
  • PASSHE Center City, Mellon Independence Center, Philadelphia
  • Reading Area Community College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • BLaST Intermediate Unit #17, Williamsport - (9/2018 changed to Other Instructional Site)
  • Hazleton Area School District, Hazel Township - (9/2018 changed to Other Instructional Site)
Certificate in Rehabilitative Justice (new degree and locations)
  • Pennsylvania Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, Frackville
  • Pennsylvania Correctional Institution at Muncy, Muncy

New Degree Programs and 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. Contact complaints@msche.org for additional information.