Member Institutions


Policies, Guidelines & Procedure
DEALC’s policies and procedures address the responsibilities of the Council and its member institutions. It explains general accreditation policies, as well as those that refer specifically to the peer review process, the programs and services offered by member institutions, and administrative procedures.

Taken together, DEALC’s basic handbooks, manuals, and other publications, and these policies provide a comprehensive set of documents describing all aspects of the Council’s accreditation protocol and related activities.

All of the policies and procedures are either elaborations of the standards for accreditation set forth in Characteristics of Excellence set by DEALC or they describe procedural requirements for institutions and for the Council. Guidelines are based on best practices and provide advice to member institutions for implementing the accreditation standards.

The Council invites member institutions to comment and provide feedback on its policies and procedures even when a formal review is not in process. This type of feedback will help to improve the Council’s practices and keep the Council in touch with constituent views on important issues that affect policy development and process.

I: General Accreditation Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures
Good Practice for Accrediting in Higher Education
Institutional Responsibilities in the Accreditation Process
Principles for Good Practices: Regional Accrediting Commissions
Substantive Change Policy Statement
Substantive Change Processes
Substantive Change Request for New Additional Location or Branch Campus, Reclassification of an Existing Site, or Relocation of an Existing Additional Location or Branch Campus
Substantive Change Request for Closing an Additional Location or Branch Campus
Substantive Change Request Form for Institutional Closure or Institutional Status Requiring a Teach-Out Plan
Substantive Change Request Form for Alternative Delivery Method (Distance Education, Correspondence Education)
Substantive Change Request Form for New Degree/Credential Level
Separately Accreditable Institutions
The Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO): Role and Responsibilities
Dues & Fees: Effective July 1, 2014
MSCHE Services Provided for a Fee
Credit Hour Policy
Degree and Credit Guidelines

II: The Peer Review Process Cycle and Timing of Accreditation Review
Follow-up Reports and Visits
Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation
Summary of Actions a Team May Take
Standardized Language for Commission Actions on Accreditation
and Examples of Options for Follow-up
Institutional Evaluator from the Commission Accompanying a Specialized Accrediting Agency's Team
Selection of Peer Evaluators
Evaluation Team Associates
Substantive Change Visits to Branch Campuses and Additional Locations
Conflict of Interest: Peer Evaluators and Commissioners

III: Institutional Programs and Services
Transfer Credit, Prior Learning, and Articulation
Contracts by Accredited and Candidate Institutions for Education-related Services
Related Entities
Formerly "Institutions with Related Entities"
Athletic Programs
Merging or Closing a Postsecondary Institution or Program Site

IV: Public and Government Relationships and Communication
Public Communication in the Accrediting Process
Advertising, Student Recruitment, and Representation of Accredited Status
Government Agencies and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Political Intervention in Education
Notification of Accreditation Decisions
Commission Reporting to the U.S. Department of Education

V: International Programs
International Programs Offered by Accredited Institutions
Institutions Located Outside the United States
International Travel by Commission Staff and Volunteers

VI: Commission Administrative Procedures
Review of Commission Standards, Policies, and Procedures
Conflict of Interest: Commission Employees
Committee Meeting Guidelines
Travel Expenses
Maintenance and Retention of Commission Records
Records Retention Schedule
Discovery Requests and Litigation Expense
Fielding Inquiries from the Media
Consideration of Actions Taken by Regional, National, and Specialized Accrediting Associations
World Wide Web Policy

VII: Complaints, Comments, and Appeals
Complaints Involving Member and Candidate Institutions
Third-party Comment
Complaints against the Commission
Procedures for Appeals from Adverse Accrediting Actions