ERIC Number: ED466721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA.
This document is designed as a guide for those institutions considering application for membership in the Middle States Association, those accepted as candidate institutions, and those accredited institutions engaged in self-review and peer evaluation. In their self-review processes, institutions demonstrate how they meet these accreditation standards within the context of their own institutional mission and goals. Accredited institutions are expected to demonstrate the standards outlined in this document in substantial measure, to conduct their activities in a manner consistent with the standards, and to engage in ongoing processes of self-review and improvement. The individual standard is expressed in one or two sentences, and fundamental elements are presented as an explication of each standard. The final section of each standard describes optional analysis and evidence that each institution could present relative to a particular standard. The first seven standards relate to institutional context, and the second seven standards describe educational effectiveness. The 14 accreditation standards are: (1) Mission, Goals, and Objectives; (2) Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal; (3) Institutional Resources; (4) Leadership and Governance; (5) Administration; (6) Integrity; (7) Institutional Assessment; (8) Student Admissions; (9) Student Support Services; (10) Faculty; (11) Educational Offerings; (12) General Education; (13) Related Educational Activities; and (14) Assessment of Student Learning. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Eligibility, Excellence in Education, Higher Education, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Publications Department, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Item no. 1066, $7.40). Fax: 215-662-5501. For full text: http://www.msache.org/charac02.pdf.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA.