Middle States and the Decennial Self-Study

Wilkes University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

MSCHE is one of seven regional accreditors in six geographic regions across the United States that accredits nearly 3000 colleges and universities. Accreditation strengthens and sustains higher education to assure institutions are worthy of public confidence and to minimize external control.

The decennial evaluation requires the University to complete an institutional Self-Study and host a subsequent visit from a team of external peer evaluators. Through the decennial evaluation the University will demonstrate that Wilkes meets the expectations of the Commission's Requirements of Affiliation, the Standards for Accreditation, and relevant federal regulations.

There are few University-wide endeavors that rival the decennial Self-Study for its importance, inclusiveness and opportunity for institutional refection. Through the Self-Study we will learn much about Wilkes as we demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement and frame the outline for our next strategic plan. This experience will help everyone at the University understand how each of our roles are integrated to create for our students an education that will prepare them well for their futures.

The Self-Study is a critical event in the life of Wilkes – one in which we endeavor to have all segments of the University participate. Developing an appreciation for the University's past, its present strengths and challenges, and our future direction, provides everyone the opportunity to develop a better understanding of Wilkes and the importance of peer evaluation through regional accreditation.