MSCHE Institutional Self-Study

The Catholic University of America’s self-study report summarizes the 10 most recent years in the history of the University and presents detailed information related to the standards and requirements for accreditation.

The Catholic University of America has completed the Institutional Self-Study document for our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reaccreditation, and the MSCHE has responded with its Team Report and its Statement of Accreditation Status (July 1, 2020).

Every 10 years hundreds of universities from Maryland to New York participate in an accreditation process conducted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  MSCHE is a “voluntary, non-governmental, membership association” that assures educational excellence through a robust process of self-study, site visits, and peer review. 

The Catholic University of America has been accredited by MSCHE since 1921 and was re-accredited in 2010.  The Steering Committee designed and compiled the institutional self-study with the help of seven working groups that were established to thoroughly address the seven standards that are the focus of the self-study and review process.  A combination of approximately 80 faculty, staff, and students have participated in this important process.   

The self-study highlights the University’s distinctive mission, the student learning experience, noteworthy accomplishments over the last 10 years, and areas for improvement.  It was completed in large part during the 2018-19 academic year. The process will culminate with a team of peer evaluators who will use the report as the basis for an on-site evaluation in spring 2020. 

The Steering Committee welcomes questions, comments, or feedback regarding the self-study and accreditation process.  Members of the campus community can submit these by sending an email to: