Middle States Commission on Higher Education Re-Affirms LIM College’s Accreditation
August 2, 2017
At its June 22 meeting, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to re-affirm LIM College’s accreditation, acknowledge LIM’s participation in the Collaborative Implementation Project, and commend the College for the quality of its Self-Study process and report.
The MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental, regional membership association currently serving higher education institutions in areas that include, but are not limited to, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The MSCHE assures students and the public of the educational quality of higher education via an accreditation process that ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.
The MSCHE requires colleges to go through re-accreditation every 8-10 years, engaging in a self-evaluative process to measure fulfillment of the Middle States Standards of Accreditation.
In the fall of 2015, 87 LIM faculty members, staff and students participated in seven study groups, which resulted in a final report that was submitted to MSCHE in February of 2017. Many others members of the College community contributed by providing valuable data, information, and history.
“This collaborative effort resulted in a deep and meaningful analysis of the College’s educational practices, student services, infrastructure, policies, and governance,” according to Dr. Jacqueline LeBlanc, Vice President for Planning & Assessment, who chaired LIM’s Self-Study Coordinating Committee.
An MSCHE evaluation team visited LIM College at the end of March. In its final report, the team identified several areas of accomplishments, progress and improvements. They noted that the incorporation of the College’s core values in its mission statement serves as a model for best industry practices — and characterized the LIM community’s commitment to the College’s Strategic Plan as exceptional.
Additionally, LIM was recognized for its efforts to promote, maintain and communicate affordability, with the evaluation team noting that LIM’s tuition is significantly lower than that of competitor private colleges, and the College’s student loan default rate is significantly lower than the national average.
The MSCHE team also lauded LIM’s governance structure and associated policies and processes, and the evaluation of educational and student service departments was described as “exceptional and comprehensive” in its efforts to improve the student experience.