What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a means of self-regulation and peer review adopted by members of
the educational community. In the United States, there are six regional accrediting
associations in higher education, each responsible for a specific geographic area. Institutions
choose to apply for accredited status. Once accredited, they agree to abide by the
standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility
for their own improvement. In addition, the federal government requires that an institution
be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization in order for its
students to be eligible to receive financial aid.
After initial accreditation, institutions must undergo a thorough reaccreditation every ten years, with a five-year Periodic Review Report due midway between ten-year reaccreditations. LHU completed its last ten-year review in 2010 with an accepted self-study in 2012 and will submit its Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in June of 2016.
In addition to regional accreditation, individual degree programs are often required to complete specialized program accreditations. For more details about the requirements and expectations for various specialized program accreditation processes, see the list of accredited programs at LHU.
What is Middle States Regional Accreditation?
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the regional accrediting association responsible for educational institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama. The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) is the unit that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.
Lock Haven University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606.