Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
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MSA operational area
|Abbreviation||M.S.A.S.C. or M.S.A.|
|Delaware, District of Columbia - (Washington, D.C.), Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Board of Trustees|
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or MSA) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and regional accreditation of public and private schools in the Mid-Atlantic United States and certain foreign institutions of American origin. The MSA has until at least 2013 comprised three separate commissions:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES)
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS)
The MSCES and the MSCSS operate together as an organization sometimes known as the MSA-CESS. The accreditation of post-secondary schools by the MSCSS is limited to those that do not confer degrees, or that offer technical programs.
Region and scope
The "Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools" (M.S.A.-C.E.S.S.) accredits public and private schools as well as school systems throughout the United States and it states it is active in more than 85 countries around the world.
MSA used to accredit colleges and universities through its higher education commission. In 2013, that commission — the Middle States Commission on Higher Education — became a legally separate entity.
- Regional and National Institutional Accrediting Agencies. U.S. Department of Education, "College Accreditation in the United States". Retrieved 9 April, 2018
- Home page. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved on May 12, 2015. "200 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104"
- MSA-CESS website, retrieved June 3, 2014.