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Middle States Accreditation

Welcome to IUP Middle States Accreditation 2016, our decennial university accreditation review.

Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is one of the vitally important ways IUP serves students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community.

Accreditation provides external validation that IUP upholds the MSCHE Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education (pdf, 454 KB) in all respects—academic programs, faculty and staff expertise, campus services, finances, governance, and more.

A key component of IUP Middle States Accreditation 2016 is our Self-Study, an assessment made by the IUP community of the progress the university has made since our last reaffirmation of accreditation.

What does IUP do well? Where is improvement needed?

We invite all members of the IUP community, on and off campus, to share their opinions in IUP Middle States Self-Study 2013–16.

Together we’ll further institutional self-understanding and progress and contribute to the development of a document to be presented to the MSCHE evaluation team.

It's an ideal time for accreditation review. Under new leadership by President Michael Driscoll and Provost Timothy Moerland, IUP is charting its future course in the Strategic Planning Process. As we look forward together to where the university is going, we benefit from a clear understanding of where we have been. 

Laura Delbrugge
Hilliary Creely
Co-Chairs, Steering Committee
IUP Middle States Accreditation 2016

A video message from President Michael Driscoll

President Michael Driscoll discusses the importance of IUP university accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and encourages everyone to participate in the process of accreditation affirmation.

IUP Self Study Design 

We welcome your feedback on the Self Study Design; please send an e-mail to

IUP Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee Discuss the Self Study Plan

IUP Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee members Tim Runge, Kate Linder, and Terrance Hudson discuss IUP’s Self Study Plan. The plan has been developed through a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students and will guide IUP through the 2013–2016 Middle States accreditation process. 

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