About Middle States


UMES is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is one of several regional organizations that accredits institutions of higher education. MSCHE accreditation is separate and distinct from program specific accreditation.

The MSCHE Region includes: Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York. Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

There are 14 standards that a college/university must meet in order to maintain its accreditation.

Continued accreditation lets our internal and external stakeholders know that the university is adhering to the stated standards as we fulfill our mission and objectives.

In order for the university to continue to receive federal funds, accreditation must be maintained.


Each of our internal and external stakeholders plays a vital part of the MSCHE accreditation process.

Our ICARE objectives for MSCHE 2016 are as follows:

INTEGRITY – Follow the steps of the MSCHE process

 – Conduct a thorough “self-study,” or institutional analysis of the university’s effectiveness and areas for improvement

 – Share the summary of compliance with the standards and research of the working groups with our stakeholders

 – Value, solicit and utilize feedback during the process to strengthen the University

EXCELLENCE – Become GREATER THAN EVER as a result of the MSCHE 2016 process!

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