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The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or MSA) is a voluntary, peer-based,
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association that performs peer evaluation and regional
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of public and private schools in the
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and certain foreign institutions of American origin. The MSA has until at least 2013 comprised three separate commissions: *
Middle States Commission on Higher Education The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (abbreviated as MSCHE and legally incorporated as the Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known ...
(MSCHE) * Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES) * Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS) The MSCES and the MSCSS operate together as an organization sometimes known as the MSA-CESS. The accreditation of post-secondary schools by the MSCSS is limited to those that do not confer degrees or offer technical programs. MSCHE's headquarters are in
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Region and scope

The "Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools" (M.S.A.-C.E.S.S.) accredits "nearly" 2600
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and
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and school systems throughout the
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United States
and in more than 100 countries around the world.MSA-CESS website
retrieved August 15, 2021. MSA used to accredit colleges and universities through its higher education commission. In 2013, that commission — the
Middle States Commission on Higher Education The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (abbreviated as MSCHE and legally incorporated as the Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known ...
— became a legally separate entity.


See also

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Educational accreditation Educational accreditation is a quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated and verified by an external body to determine whether applicable and recognized standards are met. ...
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United States Department of Education The United States Department of Education (sometimes shortened to the ED, ED or DoEd) is a United States Cabinet, Cabinet-level department of the federal government of the United States, United States government. It began operating on May 4, 198 ...


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Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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