What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a means of self-regulation and peer review adopted by members of
the educational community. In the United States, there are six regional accrediting
associations in higher education, each responsible for a specific geographic area. Institutions
choose to apply for accredited status. Once accredited, they agree to abide by the
standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility
for their own improvement. In addition, the federal government requires that an institution
be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization in order for its
students to be eligible to receive financial aid.
After initial accreditation, institutions must undergo a thorough reaccreditation every ten years, with a five-year Periodic Review Report due midway between ten-year reaccreditations. LHU completed its last ten-year review in 2010 with an accepted self-study in 2012 and will submit its Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in June of 2016.
In addition to regional accreditation, individual degree programs are often required to complete specialized program accreditations. For more details about the requirements and expectations for various specialized program accreditation processes, see the list of accredited programs at LHU.
What is Middle States Regional Accreditation?
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the regional accrediting association responsible for educational institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama. The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) is the unit that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.
Lock Haven University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606.
Specialized Program Accreditation at LHU
Professional degree programs at Lock Haven are accredited by the following specialized accrediting agencies.
|pROGRAM||aCCREDITING aGENCY||ACCREDITATION LETTER|
|Accounting||Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)||Accreditation Letter|
|Athletic Training||Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE)||Accreditation Letter|
|Business Administration||Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)||Accreditation Letter|
|Community Health||SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC)||Accreditation Letter|
|Nursing||Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)||Accreditation Letter|
|Physician Assistant||Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)||Accreditation Letter|
|Recreation Management||Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and other Related Fields (NRPA)||Accreditation Letter|
|Social Work||Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)||Accreditation Letter|
|Teacher Education||National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education|
In addition, the following programs within teacher education have been nationally recognized by the appropriate Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs).
|Program||Accrediting agency||accreditation letter|
|English||National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)||Accreditation Letter|
|Health & Physical Education||Society for Health and Physical Educators (Health Education)
Society for Health and Physical Educators (Physical Education)
|Mathematics||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)||Accreditation Letter|
|Middle Level Education||Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)||Accreditation Letter|
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics)
|National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)||Accreditation Letter|
|Social Studies||National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)||Accreditation Letter|
|Special Education||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)||Accreditation Letter|
American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Master of Liberal Arts
Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)
The University continues to pursue appropriate accreditation and recognition for additional programs.