2020-23 Middle States Self-Study
Lebanon Valley College is in the initial phases of the self-study process for institutional reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, commonly referred to as MSCHE. The process will conclude with a MSCHE team visit during the Spring 2023 semester.
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The Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education, doing business as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), was formally incorporated under Pennsylvania Commonwealth law on March 1, 2013. From its origins in 1919 through February 2013, the Commission was a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is now an independent corporation.
The Commission on Higher Education 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, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.
The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.
About LVC’s MSCHE Self-Study
As LVC’s institutional accreditor, the MSCHE requires all member institutions to undergo a rigorous self-study examination every eight years. The College began the first phase of the current process in fall 2020, and will submit its final draft report to the Commission in fall 2022.
The process is an important, community-wide undertaking to help LVC identify strengths and uncover areas where it needs to do better. Ultimately, the work leads to continuous self-improvement, and engages students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, community members, and friends in a collaborative and transparent final report.
The LVC Middle States Accreditation Executive Steering Committee and working groups welcome comments, feedback, and suggestions at any time during the process. Please complete this short form to share your feedback, comments, and suggestions.