Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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The University at Buffalo (UB) has maintained continuous accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921.

UB and Middle States

The university was last reaccredited through the Self-Study Review and site visit in 2014. The university is currently working toward reaccreditation for 2024, with our institutional Self-Study Review process in progress.  The Self-Study Review enables the university to assess the strengths and weaknesses of current programs and institutional effectiveness against the criteria that comprise its mission and the Standards of Excellence articulated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This process promotes continuous program improvement and documentation of student learning outcomes.

UB is committed to providing an excellent education to its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students by continued accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). UB’s accreditation is driven principally by three important considerations:

  • clear evidence of institutional integrity and effectiveness at all levels of decision-making in furtherance of the university’s core educational purpose,
  • demonstrable educational effectiveness embedded in an ongoing system for continuous improvement in educational outcomes,
  • evidence of continuing fiscal soundness as reflected in sustained institutional access to federal funds (Title IV student financial aid).

Standards for Accreditation

To be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institution must provide evidence that it meets the characteristics of excellence and criteria as articulated in the seven Standards for Accreditation as described in the link below.

Detailed information for accreditation requirements is published on the MSCHE Standards page.

Student Complaint Process

Complaints may be filed with the University’s accrediting agency, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission reviews complaints about substantive matters that are related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.