The United States Military Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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 requires an institution to demonstrate a continuous improvement focus that is informed by assessment.
The Academy was first accredited in 1949 and its accreditation was reaffirmed in 2015 after submission of its Periodic Review Report. Beginning in 2017, USMA began preparations for its next scheduled reaccreditation event, an external peer evaluation team visit scheduled for the spring of 2020. This preparation was called the USMA Self-Study effort and was co-chaired by COL Suzanne Nielsen and Dr. Jon Malinowski. The Self-Study Executive Director was Dr. Jerry Kobylski, who is also the USMA Accreditation Liaison Officer for MSCHE.
Because of COVID-19, the spring of 2020 evaluation team visit was postponed. In September 2020 the evaluation team conducted a virtual reaccreditation review. USMA will find out the official results of the review in March, 2021.