Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Skidmore College is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Skidmore's accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The commission's most recent action on the institution's accreditation status on June 23, 2016, was to reaffirm accrediation.
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Assessment at Skidmore is currently overseen by the Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness.
Skidmore next undergoes re-accreditation in 2025-26. Our preparation for that process entails two things:
- Maintaining ongoing and annual documentation that we are meeting the new Standards for Accreditation;
- Beginning in 2023 the process by which we will complete the next Self-Study and the document repository will be developed.
Timeline for the Re-accreditation Process
- Mid-point Peer Review 2021-22
- Self-Study 2025-2026
In the fall of 2013, Skidmore began to plan for its next decennial review by the MSCHE by convening a Self-Study Steering Committee and choosing a topic for the self-study: Integrative Learning. In the spring of 2014, working groups began to study various aspects of integrative learning at Skidmore, resulting in draft chapters in the spring of 2015. The chapters were stitched together to create a draft report during the summer of 2015, which was presented to the College community during the summer and fall of 2015 for comments. The final self-study was sent to the MSCHE and the evaluation team members in early January, 2016, and the evaluation team visited the campus on March 6 - 9, 2016. The evaluation team's final report and Skidmore's formal response were considered by the Middle States Committee on Evaluation Reports on June 1, at which time Skidmore's accreditation was reaffirmed. Skidmore's next self-study evaluation will take place in 2025-2026.
The Self-Study Steering Committee was co-chaired by Beau Breslin, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Sarah Goodwin, Professor of English and Faculty Assessment Coordinator.
Links here connect to both of our most recent Middle States Self-Studies and associated documents, as well as the Periodic Review report midway between them.
In addition to institutional accreditation by MSCHE, the following programs at Skidmore are accredited through national accrediting bodies:
Skidmore College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The college is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in fall 2022.