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Middle States

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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Manuals and Guidance

Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation:

Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards of Accreditation
Revised in March 2011 to reflect the new distance education and correspondence education requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Manual on Accreditation Proposals:

Self-Study: Creating a Useful Process & Report (Revised 2012)

A manual for institutions preparing for the self-study and peer review processes. Updated in 2012 to reflect the latest federal regulations and MSCHE expectations.

Guidelines for Institutional Improvement:

Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness (2005)

Distance Education Programs (2011)

Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2007)