Middle States

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is the unit within the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several international locations.

The requirements of affiliation and standards for accreditation can be found in Middle States document Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education (pdf). The 14 standards for accreditation cover: mission and goals, planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal; institutional resources; leadership and governance; administration; integrity; institutional assessment; student admissions and retention; student support services; faculty; educational offering; general education; related educational activities; and assessment of student learning.  However, the emphasis is on institutional assessment and assessment of student learning. 

As part of the reaccreditation process, institutions must undergo a self-study every 10 years and submit a periodic review report every five years.  GW completed its self-study in 2008 and was approved for reaccreditation at that time.

View GW's Statement of Accreditation Status.

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.