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.

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
Early Childhood Education: PreK-4 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Letter
Health & Physical Education Society for Health and Physical Educators (Health Education)

Society for Health and Physical Educators (Physical Education)
Accreditation Letter
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

Program Recognition

The University continues to pursue appropriate accreditation and recognition for additional programs.

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