Today’s blog contains an update from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Recently we received an email from MSA-CESS President Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D. and MSA-CESS Vice-President, Accreditation Glenn Mort, Ed.D. which read as follows:
We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools nationwide as an institutional accreditor for Career and Technical programs. This means that postsecondary, non-degree granting career and technical institutions across the country may use Middle States accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in federal Title IV student loan programs for adult students. Just as important, it also means that CT centers nationwide will now have the opportunity to become part of an elite network of Middle States member schools that shares a commitment to continuous growth and improvement. As you know, Middle States accreditation offers a protocol specifically developed to meet the unique needs of career and technical schools. Through Middle States accreditation, member schools demonstrate they meet a defined set of research-based performance standards that ensure accountability and advance student achievement. The standards measure quality through performance criteria such as program completion rate, student job placement rate, licensing examination pass rate, and student loan default rate. Additionally, Middle States is able to accredit schools with both secondary and postsecondary programs as part of one self-study and evaluation visit, saving time and money. The protocol evaluates both technical and academic programs in the same self-study and evaluation process, encouraging alignment and integration of those programs. For over 130 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development, and advance student achievement. We are proud of our legacy, and we are excited that CT schools across the country now have the choice to be a part of it too.
We are proud to have MSA-CESS and two other organizations accredit our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program. We were the first distance learning school to receive regional accreditation, and we are also recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a non-public school. As you can tell, we take our accreditation seriously, and you should too. Without it, our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses would not have the same merit and value as they do now, and offering top-quality courses to our students has been important to us for more than a century.