Army Regulation 10-87, Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, and Direct Reporting Units, requires the USMA Superintendent to maintain formal academic accreditations.
The United States Military Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) through a voluntary, peer-review process. The Academy was first accredited in 1949 and most recently its accreditation was reaffirmed in 2015. In the spring of 2020 a team of peer evaluators selected by the MSCHE will visit USMA to reaffirm the Academy’s accreditation. To that end, USMA has established a Self-Study Committee to prepare the 2020 Self-Study Report.
The purpose of MSCHE accreditation is two-fold. First, it ensures that an institution is in compliance with 15 Requirements of Affiliation and meets 7 Standards set by the MSCHE as well as with other Federal regulations. Second, it encourages an institution to focus on continuous improvement informed by assessment. Although USMA’s vision is to be the preeminent leader develop institution in the world, it periodically steps back and reflects what we do well and where there may be opportunities for improvement.
USMA began preparations for the 2020 reaccreditation visit with the formation of seven Self-Study working groups in the spring of 2017. Each group is focusing on one of the seven MSCHE Standards. In the summer of 2018, USMA’s blueprint for the reaccreditation effort, the Self-Study Design, was approved by the MSCHE. For internal USMA audiences, a see the Self-Study Design.
In 2019, the USMA community had multiple opportunities to provide feedback on draft copies of the 2020 USMA Self-Study as it was developed. There were also multiple town halls in 2019 to provide the community opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.
The USMA Self-Study effort is co-chaired by COL Suzanne Nielsen and Dr. Jon Malinowski. The Self-Study Executive Director and USMA Accreditation Liaison Officer is Dr. Jerry Kobylski.