Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Baruch College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1968.
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Contact: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, or by phone, 267-284-5000.
Please read the Middle States Commission policy on Complaints Involving Member and Candidate Institutions for a complete explanation of how to communicate with the Commission regarding a complaint. The Commission’s complaint procedures are created to address non-compliance with the Commission’s standards for accreditation,requirements of affiliation, policies or procedures, or the institution’s own policies or procedures.
Baruch College Self-Study 2020
The Baruch College community most recently engaged in a comprehensive Self-Study process between Fall 2017 and Spring 2020, culminating in the production of a Baruch College Self Study 2020 Report, a site visit in March 2020, and subsequently, receiving an extremely positive and encouraging Evaluation Team Visit Report 2020 in April, culminating in a Commission vote approving reaccreditation, as noted in the Statement of Accreditation Status.
Statement of Accreditation Status
To view Baruch’s current MSCHE accreditation status, please see the Middle States Statement of Accreditation Status for Baruch College.
Within Baruch College, we also have school- and program-specific accreditation, a category which is known as specialized accreditation. To learn more about Baruch’s specialized accreditations, please read about:
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation of the Zicklin School of Business for both Accounting and Business. For further information about accreditation in the Zicklin School, please contact Lisa Vaia, Director of Accreditation and Curriculum Management, at email@example.com.
- Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) accreditation of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. For additional information about accreditation of the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program in the Marxe School, please contact Professor John Casey, director of the M.P.A. program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Program Registration
Baruch College is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. Baruch College complies with all articles and principles of the NCAA Division III Manual.
Baruch is also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
For more information about the Athletics program at Baruch College, please contact Heather MacCulloch, Director of Athletics and Recreation, at email@example.com.
Accreditation is a peer-review process of accountability and quality assurance in higher education. Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as having several important functions, including:
- Assessing the quality of academic programs at institutions of higher education
- Creating a culture of continuous improvement of academic quality at colleges and universities and stimulate a general raising of standards among educational institutions
- Involving faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning
- Establishing criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities within the United States.
The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education demonstrate quality to their many stakeholders, including students and their families, alumni, employers, and the public. This quality assurance function of accreditation is also one of the three main elements of the Higher Education Act’s (HEA’s) federal student aid programs. In order for students to receive federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education for post-secondary study, the institution must be accredited by a nationally recognized accreditor, such as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Quality assurance is built on a framework of seven accreditation standards, which focus on:
- Mission and goals
- Ethics and integrity
- Design and delivery of the student experience
- Support of the student experience
- Educational effectiveness assessment
- Planning, resources and institutional improvement
- Governance, leadership, and administration
Institutions accredited by Middle States also must comply with the requirements of affiliation.