Middle States

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation in institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several international locations.

The Standards for Accreditation and the Requirements of Affiliation includes seven standards and 15 requirements of affiliation. The standards cover: I. Mission and Goals; II. Ethics and Integrity; III. Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience; IV. Support of the Student Experience; V. Educational Effectiveness Assessment; VI. Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement; and VII. Governance, Leadership, and Administration.

As part of the reaccreditation process, institutions must undergo a self-study every eight years, submit annual institutional updates, and prepare a mid-point peer review report four years after accreditation. GW completed its most recent self-study in 2018 and was approved for accreditation.

Strategic Plan

Designed to set priorities for a transformational decade leading up to the university’s 200th anniversary in 2021, the Strategic Plan aims to embrace the wide range of intellectual pursuits and academic programs that distinguish George Washington University.