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Expectations for Accredited Institutions    
Accreditation is the educational community’s means of self-regulation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. The accreditation process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control. In order to be deserving of this public trust, accredited institutions must affirm their accreditation in the following ways:
 
General Expectations:
An accredited institution:
  • Adheres to the Middle States Standards for Accreditation;
  • Uses its mission, beliefs, and goals as the basis for daily decision-making;
  • Operates in the public interest and in accordance with ethical practice; 
  • Accepts responsibility for the level of performance of its students;
  • Remains committed to continuous improvement in student learning and to its capacity to produce the levels of learning desired and expected by its community;
  • Operates in a collegial and collaborative way with all its stakeholders; and,
  • Sustains its focus on implementing recommendations, addressing monitoring issues and correcting stipulations that may be part of its notification of accreditation and fulfills its maintenance requirements to the Commission.
Policies of the Middle States Commissions On Elementary and Secondary Schools    

The Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools have adopted policies that govern the composition and operations of the Commissions, their accreditation standards and practices, and the requirements for their accredited and candidate institutions.

Although the policies are common to both Commissions, the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools and the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools are separate and distinct accrediting agencies within the corporate umbrella of the Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools. Each Commission conducts its own accreditation activities, including taking accreditation actions for institutions within each Commission's scope of authority as granted by the Middle States Association.
 
The Policies of the Commissions are:
 
Section 1: General Accreditation
1.1. Code of Good Practice in Accreditation
1.2. Expectations for Accredited Institutions
1.3. Accreditation Actions
1.4. Appeals from Adverse Accrediting Actions
2.6. Evaluation of the MSA-CESS President
Section 3: Membership
3.1. Scope and Categories of Accredited Institutions
3.2. Candidacy for Accreditation
Section 4: Institutional Improvement Services
Section 5: Self-Study and Accreditation
Section 7: Finances of the Commissions
Section 8: Working with Other Agencies
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