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USMMA Reaccreditation Update

USMMA Reaccreditation Update

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted the US Merchant Marine Academy full reaccreditation on November 16, 2017, after determining the institution meets the commission’s rigorous and comprehensive standards in displaying characteristics of excellence in higher education. In accordance with Middle States’ transition to an eight year reaccreditation cycle, the Academy’s next full reaccreditation review will be in 2024.

Reaccreditation Timeline:

  • November 16, 2017 Middle States granted USMMA Full Reaccreditation

Middle States Reaccreditation Letter

  • October 17, 2017 USMMA submitted its institutional response to MSCHE

USMMA Institutional Response

  • September 21-22, 2017 - MSCHE Evaluation Team Visited USMMA

USMMA Small Team Report

  • September 1, 2017, the Academy submitted its monitoring report to MSCHE.

USMMA MSCHE Monitoring Report

  • June 23, 2017 - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) issued their expected determination.

MSCHE Determination Letter, Statement of Accreditation Status and Public Disclosure Statement

  • April 17, 2017 - MSCHE Evaluation Team issued its report to the Academy following their March visit.

USMMA Final Report

  • March 29-31, 2017 - MSCHE Evaluation Team Visited USMMA
  • March 1, 2017 - USMMA submitted its Monitoring Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on time.

Monitoring Report

Monitoring Report Appendix

  • June 24, 2016 - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) issued their expected determination regarding accreditation, and while they found the Academy’s academic foundation is sound, and in many ways exemplary, they issued a warning with recommendations regarding two broad areas separate from academics: combatting sexual harassment and assault, particularly during Sea Year; and governance of the USMMA. The Academy was given two years to reach compliance, and we are confident that we can return to compliance within that span of time. The Academy remains accredited while we work with MSCHE to address the requirements and recommendations, and ensures the highest caliber education for the Academy’s Midshipmen.

MSCHE Determination Letter, Statement of Accreditation Status and Public Disclosure Statement.

Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017
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