Middle States Manuals and Guidance


Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation:

Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards of Accreditation (PDF download)
Revised in March 2011 to reflect the new distance education and correspondence education requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Manual on Accreditation Proposals:

Self-Study: Creating a Useful Process & Report (2nd Edition, 2007) (PDF download)
A manual for institutions preparing for the self-study and peer review processes. 

Guidelines for Institutional Improvement:

Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness (2005) (PDF download) 

Distance Education Programs (2011) (PDF download)

Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2007) (PDF download)