Peer Review and the Accreditation Cycle
*According to the Commission:
Accreditation is intended to strengthen and sustain higher education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control. Regional accreditation, a means of self-regulation adopted by the higher education community, has evolved to support these goals.
The decennial evaluation involves a significant institutional self-study and a visit by a team of external peer evaluators. This full evaluation occurs immediately before a candidate institution is granted initial accreditation, five years after that initial accreditation, and every 10 years thereafter.
An institution seeking reaffirmation of accreditation, initial accreditation, or candidacy for accreditation status must demonstrate that it meets or continues to meet all of the Commission’s eligibility requirements. The institution completes a Certification Statement concerning compliance with the eligibility requirements and Federal Title IV requirements, which is signed by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chair of the institution’s governing board and attached to the executive summary of the self-study report. The evaluation team report and the team Chair’s confidential brief to the Commission are required to affirm that, based on a review of the self-study, interviews, the Certification Statement that the institution has provided and/or other institutional documents, the institution meets or continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
Milestones in the Self Study Process
|Summer 2012||Middle States Commission posts reaffirmation on Stockton's Statement of Accreditation Status|