Middle States Standards
The following information was excerpted from Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation:
Mission and Goals
The institution's mission clearly defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution's stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.
Ethics and Integrity
Ethics and integrity are central, indespensible, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether interal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honoer its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itslef truthfully.
Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.
Support of the Student Experience
Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its missio and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.
Educational Effectiveness Assessment
Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution's studens have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution's mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.
Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
The institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously asses and improve tis programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunites and challenges.
Governance, Leadership, and Administration
The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituenecies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organziations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.