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USMMA Reaccreditation Update

On June 23, 2017, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) updated USMMA's accreditation status, finding that the Academy is in compliance with four of five Standards of Accreditation.

The institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), Standard 5 (Administration), and Standard 9 (Student Support Services).  The Academy must provide additional evidence that it is in compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 7 (Institutional Planning) and Standard 2 (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Renewal).

The Academy must submit a monitoring report by September 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 2 and Requirement of Affiliation 7, including but not limited to evidence of resource allocation decisions that are directly linked to mission and goal achievement at the institutional and unit level, and further development and implementation of an organized and sustained institutional assessment process, including evidence that assessment results are used to inform decision-making (Standard 2; Requirement of Affiliation 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.

The Academy remains accredited while we work with MSCHE to address the final requirement. The Academy is committed to ensure the highest caliber of education for its Midshipmen.

Reaccreditation Timeline:

  • June 23, 2017 - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) issued their expected determination.

MSCHE Determination Letter, Statement of Accreditation Status and Public Disclosure Statement

  • April 17, 2017 - MSCHE Evaluation Team issued its report to the Academy following their March visit.

USMMA Final Report

  • March 29-31, 2017 - MSCHE Evaluation Team Visited USMMA
  • March 1, 2017 - USMMA submitted its Monitoring Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on time.

Monitoring Report

Monitoring Report Appendix

  • June 24, 2016 - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) issued their expected determination regarding accreditation, and while they found the Academy’s academic foundation is sound, and in many ways exemplary, they issued a warning with recommendations regarding two broad areas separate from academics: combatting sexual harassment and assault, particularly during Sea Year; and governance of the USMMA. The Academy was given two years to reach compliance, and we are confident that we can return to compliance within that span of time. The Academy remains accredited while we work with MSCHE to address the requirements and recommendations, and ensures the highest caliber education for the Academy’s Midshipmen.

MSCHE Determination Letter, Statement of Accreditation Status and Public Disclosure Statement.

Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017
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