The Pennsylvania State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). MSCHE is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  Penn State was was first accredited in 1921 and accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2015. 

MSCHE’s eight year cycle of review begins with an in-depth institutional self-study reviewed by peer evaluators during an on-site evaluation visit. The self-study and on-site review are used to assess the institution’s compliance with MSCHE standards and requirements of affiliation, verify compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations, and identify areas needing improvement. This review process results in an accreditation decision in accordance with Accreditation Actions Procedures. The Self-Study Institute will take place November 1, 2021 and the next Self Study will occur in 2023-24. 

Each spring, Penn State submits an Annual Institutional Update (AIU) which provides MSCHE with updated enrollment, financial, and student success (graduation, loan repayment, and default rates) information. 

Midpoint Peer Review (MPPR) will occur every 4 years beginning January 1, 2020.  MSCHE will conduct an off-site peer review based upon cumulative information provided by the institution in the Annual Institutional Updates.  Reviewers look for trends in data with respect to student achievement and financial sustainability and provide feedback, recommendations and, if necessary, request further information on specific areas or issues. 

For more information or questions regarding systematic monitoring, see http://www.msche.org/documents/AccredReviewCycle.pdf or contact Marie Sullivan at mjs920@psu.edu

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