Middle States Association Of Colleges And Schools
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation in the Mid-Atlantic United States. It is one of six regional accrediting organizations for higher education institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The Middle States Association is responsible for accrediting educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The Middle States Association also works with schools in the Near East, Far East, Africa, and Europe, and thus far with one school in Canada, and another in Chile .
On July 24, 2012, Former Middle States Chairman, Brookdale Community College President Peter F. Burnham of 97 Galloping Hill Rd, Colts Neck NJ 07722, who had retired after corruption allegations surfaced, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in a plea agreement that calls for a 5 year prison term.
The Middle States Association should not be confused with the "Middle States Accrediting Board" (abbreviated MSAB), an unrecognized accreditation agency that some diploma mills cite to legitimize their operations. However, after former Chairman Burnham was convicted of 3 felony corruption offenses, the legitimacy of Middle States is under scrutiny as he may have fraudulently obtained accreditation for his institution Brookdale Community College.
The Middle States Association is made up of three accrediting Commissions; the Commission on Elementary Schools, the Commission on Secondary Schools, and the Commission on Higher Education. Additionally, the Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation serves as a bridging committee for educational institutions with grade levels covered by both the Commission on Elementary Schools and the Commission on Secondary Schools.
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