Lock Haven, Pa- The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently reaffirmed Lock Haven
University’s accreditation following the review of the institution’s Periodic Review
Report. In the United States six regional accrediting associations in higher education
are responsible for accrediting institutions in their respective geographic regions. Institutions
like LHU choose to apply for accredited status. Once accredited, they agree to abide
by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking
responsibility for their own improvement. In addition, the federal government requires
that an institution be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization
in order for its students to be eligible to receive financial aid.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the regional accrediting association responsible for educational institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama. The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) is the unit that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.
After initial accreditation, institutions must undergo a thorough reaccreditation every ten years, with a five-year Periodic Review Report due midway between ten-year reaccreditations. LHU’s Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education was submitted in June of 2016. The next formal evaluation visit will occur during the 2020-2021 academic year.
According to Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Donna Wilson, “Reaffirmation of full accreditation by Middle States is an important indicator of the high quality of Lock Haven University programs, the University’s fiscal position, and the integrity of the institution as a whole in marshaling our resources to advance our mission. This recognition is achieved only by every unit of the University functioning at a high-level, so it is always a team effort.”
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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