The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally (MSCHE, 2021).
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UAGM Carolina and the Middle States Self-Study Process
In the fall of 2021, the UAGM Carolina campus began the self-study process in preparation for reaccreditation, visit and evaluation by MSCHE in the Spring of 2024. The campus Chancellor, Dr. Félix Huertas appointed Dr. Zoé Santiago, faculty of the Academic Division of Business, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Philip Murray, Dean of Academic Affairs, as Self-Study Chair and Co-Chair, respectively.