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Middle States Reaffirms Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed accreditation for Neumann University.


In a letter to Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Dr. George Pruitt, MSCHE chair, wrote, “At its session on June 23, 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution on the quality of the self-study report and process. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.”


Dr. Mirenda immediately shared the news with the university community, writing, “Congratulations, Neumann University!  May God continue to bless it with all of His goodness and through each of you.”


Dr. robert Post and Dr. Marisa Rauscher
Steering committee co-chairs,
Dr. Robert Post and Dr. Marisa Rauscher

Dr. Robert Post, professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Marisa Rauscher, associate professor of Education, served as co-chairs of the university’s MSCHE steering committee.


The MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Commission maintains a 10-year cycle of review, beginning with a self-study
and on-site evaluation visit, and followed by a Periodic Review Report five years later.


The mission of MSCHE is to assure students and the public of the educational quality of higher education. The commission's accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission. The MSCHE reviews each institution in its entirety, rather than limiting itself to evaluating individual programs. It examines 14 standards:


  Mission and Goals
  Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Review
  Institutional Resources
  Leadership and Governance
  Institutional Assessment
  Student Admissions and Retention
  1. Student Support Services
  1. Faculty
  Educational Offerings
  General Education
  Related Educational Activities
  Assessment of Student Learning



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