Middle States Commission On Secondary 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 Association's three affiliated Commissions are 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 Commissions also work with schools in the Near East, Far East, Africa, and Europe, and thus far with one school in Canada, and another in Chile
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.
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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