The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) provides accreditation services to schools in Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and countries as far as Puerto Rico. International schools can even seek accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is privately managed and non-government affiliated accreditation commission; however it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The MSCHE is a part of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Unlike some accrediting bodies, the MSCHE accredits and evaluates the whole post-secondary institution, not just one specific department or program offered by the school. The MSCHE accredits a wide range of schools, from online to campus-based. Currently, there are more than 500 accredited member schools and multiple MSCHE candidates. Not all schools that seek MSCHE accreditation will be granted status, as schools must meet the standards of practice and education as outlined by the MSCHE and must continue to maintain those levels of excellence to maintain accreditation.
The core values of MSCHE include components including: global education community in diversity, ongoing teaching improvements and evolution, research, commitment to ongoing professionalism, high standards of education, and a diverse learning community and culture. Students selecting a school that has been accredited through MSCHE can be assured of a high quality education that will be uniformly recognized through the United States and even within other countries.
A full list of the schools with degree programs recognized and accredited by MSCHE can be found on their website located at http://www.msche.org/.