Middle States Commission on Higher Education: Support for CUNY Colleges
CUNY colleges, as well as the Graduate School and University Center, receive their institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States). MSCHE examines each college as a whole, rather than specific programs within colleges.
CUNY MSCHE Council
In May 2018 a CUNY-wide MSCHE Council was formed to share expertise and experience among colleges and provide workshops. Upcoming events are:
March 1, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Institutional Effectiveness Workshop
April 12, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – MSCHE Symposium at CUNY
Previous events include:
Oct 23, 2018 – Direct Assessment of AES Units Workshop Dr. Michael C. Martinez-Sachs’ presentation is available here: Direct Assessment of AES
Oct 12, 2018 – CUNY Panel Discussion about Hosting Self-Study Evaluation Visits
May 11, 2018 – Administrative and Educational Support Unit Assessment Workshop Dr. Christopher Shults’ presentation is available here: AES Workshop
Please contact Tammie Cumming for more details on the MSCHE Council and its events.
CUNY Assessment Council
The CUNY-wide Assessment Council fosters a culture of assessment and evidence-based decision-making within CUNY and among its colleges by identifying, developing, and communicating best practices in assessment.
Central Office Support Team
The Central Office of Academic Affairs created an internal support team to provide guidance on and pre-review of colleges’ required Middle States documents, including Self-Studies and Follow-up Reports.
The support team is composed of OAA senior staff members with experience on both sides of the process (on college campuses and as Middle States reviewers). OAA has deep knowledge of academic programs and New York State requirements, especially important for Substantive Change Requests. We also work with consultants as needed.
In addition, OAA is responsible for collecting all reports submitted to Middle States and all official correspondence between CUNY colleges and Middle States, for the official records of CUNY.