In 2013, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education published guidelines for institutions participating in an accreditation-related review (Self-Study or Periodic Review Report (PRR)). These guidelines require such institutions to complete the Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations for review by peer evaluators. The guidelines were published for implementation in the Spring of 2014 and require institutions to submit a detailed report and related documentation by June 2015 regarding policies, procedures and processes in place for the following four areas:
- Student identity verification in distance and correspondence education
- Transfer-of-credit policies and articulation agreements
- Title IV program responsibilities
- Assignment of credit hours
If your institution is in the process of preparing the required compliance report and documentation or if you are interested in partnering with a third party to help evaluate your compliance efforts, please contact Jim Yard or Heather Haemer. We have assisted other institutions with documenting processes and procedures with respect to the requirements and have provided recommendations with respect to the compliance requirements.
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