Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
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MSA logo
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MSA operational area
Abbreviation M.S.A.S.C. or M.S.A.
Formation 1887
Legal status Association
Purpose Educational Accreditation
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Region served
Delaware, District of Columbia - (Washington, D.C.), Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Board President
John Cavanaugh
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Affiliations CHEA
Website middlestates.org

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or shorter as M.S.A.C.S. or M.S.A.) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary/high schools, and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. It is one of the six regional accreditation organizations dating back 125 years, recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Middle States Association should not be confused with the separate "Middle States Accrediting Board" (M.S.A.B.),[1] an unrecognized accreditation agency with a somewhat similar name, that some diploma mills or illegitimate, so-called educational institutions cite to legitimize and publicize their operations and attract potential students with their tuition funds.[citation needed]

Its headquarters are in Center City, Philadelphia.[2]

Commission on Higher Education[edit]

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (dba the Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education—MARCHE) is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to accredit degree-granting institutions in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland; the District of Columbia, (Washington, D.C.), plus the American territories/commonwealths of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (in the Caribbean Sea), that wish to participate in Federal "Title IV" student loan programs.[3][4] The commission also accredits non-American institutions, such as Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada.[5]

Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools[edit]

The "Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools" (M.S.A.-C.E.S.S.) accredits public and private schools and school systems throughout the United States and it states it is active in more than 85 countries around the world.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to California Postsecondary Education Data". Postsecondary Education Data. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Home page. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved on May 12, 2015. "200 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104"
  3. ^ "College Accreditation in the United States - Pg. 6". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Newsletter June 2010". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Tamburri, Rosanna (2013-06-19). "More Canadian universities seek U.S. accreditation". University Affairs. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  6. ^ MSA-CESS website, retrieved June 3, 2014.

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