What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a means of self-regulation and peer review adopted by members of the educational community. In the United States, there are six institutional accrediting associations in higher education, each responsible for a specific geographic area. Institutions 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. 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.
In addition to institutional accreditation, individual degree programs are often required to complete specialized program accreditations. For more details about the requirements and expectations for various specialized program accreditation processes, see the list below of accredited programs at LHU. After initial accreditation, institutions must undergo a thorough review and reaccreditation assuring that they continue to meet the accrediting standards and requirements according to the cycle set forth by either the institutional or specialized program accrediting body.
What is Middle States Institutional Accreditation?
Since 1949, Lock Haven University has been accredited by the The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000, www.msche.org. MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental, institutional membership association currently serving higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The Middle States accreditation review cycle and monitoring procedures outline activities and timing for self-study evaluation, on-site evaluation, mid-point peer review, and monitoring activities. In the fall of 2018, Lock Haven University initiated a self-study process to write a Self-Study report and prepare for an on-site evaluation visit in spring 2021. Due to COVID-19, the on-site evaluation visit was delayed until October 2021. Please see the LHU Middle States Reaccreditation site for more information on LHU's 2021 Reaccreditation Self-Study.
Specialized Program Accreditation at LHU
Professional degree programs at Lock Haven are accredited by the following specialized accrediting agencies.
In addition, the following programs within teacher education have been nationally recognized by the appropriate Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs).
|Program||Accrediting agency||accreditation letter|
|English||National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)||Accreditation Letter|
|Early Childhood Education: PreK-4||National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)||Accreditation Letter|
|Health & Physical Education||Society for Health and Physical Educators (Health Education)
Society for Health and Physical Educators (Physical Education)
|Mathematics||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)||Accreditation Letter|
|Middle Level Education||Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)||Accreditation Letter|
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics)
|National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)||Accreditation Letter|
|Social Studies||National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)||Accreditation Letter|
|Special Education||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)||Accreditation Letter|
American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Master of Liberal Arts
Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)
The University continues to pursue appropriate accreditation and recognition for additional programs.