UPRM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is a voluntary, nongovernmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement (Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, p. 69).
Accreditation is a process used by colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education to sustain and strengthen their quality. To earn and maintain accreditation, colleges and universities must demonstrate to colleagues from peer institutions that they meet or surpass mutually agreed-upon standards.In the United States, accreditation is a significant way that colleges and universities can give the public confidence that they provide a quality education. Accreditation offers a number of specific benefits to students and their families as well as to the colleges and universities themselves:
•In order to be eligible for Federal student financial aid, students must attend an institution accredited by an accredit or recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
•Employers often require that certain employees hold degrees from accredited institutions.
•Employers often offer tuition assistance only to employees attending accredited institutions.
•State governments often require that institutions be accredited in order to offer state student financial aid or receive other state grants and funds.
•State governments often require that students attend accredited institutions in order to sit for state licensure examinations.
•Colleges and universities often accept transfer credits only from institutions accredited by an accredit or recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
•The Federal government requires that institutions be accredited in order to be eligible for many Federal grants and funds.
•Accreditation is an important means of minimizing the cost and burden of external controls on colleges and universities.
(Becoming Accredited: Handbook for Applicants and Candidates for Accreditation, p. 1).
Listed are the accreditation agencies which work with the UPRM. UPRM is accredited by Middles States Council on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1946 and will be reaccrediting in 2015.