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Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Skidmore College


Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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 to conduct accreditation activities for institutions of higher education including distance, correspondence education, and direct assessment programs offered at those institutions. The Commission's geographic area of accrediting activities is throughout the United States. 

MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, Fourteenth Edition

2025-26 Reaccreditation timeline

  • Fall 2023: Skidmore representatives attended the MSCHE Self-Study Institute
  • Winter 2023-2024: Steering Committee established
  • Spring 2024: Working groups will be established and Self-Study design completed
  • 2024-2025 Academic Year: Campus Community engaged in development of Self-Study as facilitated by the working groups.
  • Summer 2025: Draft Self-Study
  • Fall 2025: Campus feedback collected and incorporated into Self-Study 
  • Spring 2026: Middle States Evaluation Team campus visit 


Past Self-Studies

Links here connect to both of our most recent Middle States Self-Studies and associated documents. 

Additional Accreditation 

In addition to institutional accreditation by MSCHE, the following programs at Skidmore are accredited through national accrediting bodies:

The Skidmore College Art Department has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1970. NASAD is a national organization that establishes standards for undergraduate and graduate degree programs for art and design. NASAD assesses the art curricula of programs and promotes the advancement of art education. NASAD also supports individuals and institutions in higher education engaged in artistic endeavors, scholarship, and teaching. Programs are reviewed every ten years. The Skidmore College Art Department was last reviewed in 2016. The Art Department’s accreditation was reaffirmed. The next comprehensive review will be during the 2025-2026 academic year
The Skidmore College Chemistry Department has been accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1978. As an ACS approved program, the Chemistry Department submits an annual report each year and a periodic report for review every six years. The Skidmore Chemistry Department’s ACS approval was reaffirmed in 2022 following the last periodic review of the Department by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. The next periodic review will be in 2028. ACS-approved programs provide a high-quality, coherent, and rigorous chemistry education that gives students the intellectual, experimental, communication, and professional skills and knowledge to be effective professionals in chemistry and related fields. Approved programs have accomplished faculty with modern and well-maintained infrastructure. As an ACS-Approved Program, Skidmore students may earn an ACS certified degree with their B.A. in Chemistry or B.A. in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration if they meet the individual requirements for ACS certification.

AAQEP LogoSkidmore College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The program listed below has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2029. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP-Accredited Program at Skidmore College:
Bachelor of Science, Education Studies

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a national association that preserves and enhances the quality of social work education for practice and promotes the goals of individual and community well-being and social justice. CSWE pursues this mission through setting and maintaining policy and program standards in social work education programs, accrediting bachelor's and master's degree programs in social work, promoting research and faculty development, and advocating for social work education. Skidmore College's Social Work Department has been fully accredited by CSWE since 1983. For more information on the CSWE's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, please see the official guidelines. The CSWE website is a useful resource for information on accredited graduate programs, which typically allow Skidmore BSW students to enter a one-year MSW program.