Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental peer review process overseen by the higher education community that aims to ensure academic quality and accountability and to encourage improvement.

Niagara University is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In order to maintain accreditation, NU completes a comprehensive, retrospective Self-Study and hosts a team of reviewers from the MSCHE for a comprehensive site visit every eight years. NU recently received reaccreditation and will undergo its next self-study in 2024-25. 

In addition to institutional accreditation, many of NU’s programs are approved or recognized by state and national organizations.

The Office of University Planning and Assessment is available to assist programs, departments and colleges with their accreditation related needs, usually by assisting with program assessment, data gathering and reporting. 

The Office of University Planning and Assessment Supports Accreditation by:

  • Serving as the institutional liaison to MSCHE.
  • Guiding the implementation of the Self-Study and Periodic Review Report Process.
  • Reporting Substantive Change to MSCHE in accordance with Commission guidelines.
  • Consulting with Colleges and Departments during programmatic accreditation processes.

For additional information, or to contact the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, please use the following contact information:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Telephone: 267.284.5000