Middle States Accreditation Process
Accreditation is a process by which U.S. institutions of higher education undergo peer review to assess and certify that the institution meets standards of quality, and is eligible to receive federal funds (e.g. through student aid or grants). Swarthmore College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In order to maintain accreditation, institutions provide routine evaluations in the forms of annual reports, decennial self-studies, and interim (between self-studies) periodic review reports. The latter two involve evaluation by external reviewers.
Swarthmore is beginning work on its 2019 decennial self-study. This work will involve our entire community, with a number of working groups and multiple opportunities for community input and feedback during the process. The work will culminate with a Self-Study report and a visit by a team of peer evaluators in spring of 2019. Carol Nackenoff, Richter Professor of Political Science, and Robin Huntington Shores, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, are co-chairs of the Steering Committee, which will guide the College through this process.