Middle States Accreditation

The University of Pittsburgh is engaged in the standard accreditation review process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Since this effort began in 2020, over 100 members of the University have participated—either by contributing to the self-study as a member of the Steering Committee or one of the six Working Groups, by providing feedback to the draft self-study, or by attending a visit with our Middle States Liaison or our evaluation team chair. 

From April 4-6, 2022, an evaluation team consisting of representatives from peer Middle States institutions virtually met with over 250 faculty, staff, students, administrators, and trustees to discuss the self-study and to gather additional perspectives. All members of the University committee were welcome to participate in the process with members of the evaluation team during a series of open sessions

The process provides the opportunity to complete a comprehensive and reflective assessment of our institutional priorities with the goal of identifying areas for improvement and innovation. Additionally, Pitt demonstrates how it meets the accreditation standards, requirements of affiliation, and verification of compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations. In the next steps of this process, the evaluation team submits its report to the Middle States Commission, which will review the report in early summer.