Middle States Accreditation

Middle States Accreditation


The Maritime College campus community is invited to join Dean William J. Imbriale and Dr. Elissa DeFalco for a brief presentation on Maritime College’s upcoming Self-Study Report for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Dean Imbriale and Dr. DeFalco are co-chairing the MSCHE process for the College; they will present their drafted Institutional Priorities in order to solicit feedback from the campus community.

Please join us in the Stephen B. Luce Library (Bay 4) at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26. If interested but unable to attend, please contact the Co-Chairs directly. Their contact information, and more about MSCHE is available below.

About Middle States Accreditation

Maritime College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. A private, independent, non-governmental organization, the Middle States Commission (MSCHE) serves institutions of higher learning in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

The stated mission of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is to assure “students and the public of the educational quality of higher education. The Commission’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.”

MSCHE last approved Maritime College’s accreditation in 2012, and reaffirmed that status in a 2017 mid-point review. In the fall of 2019, the College officially commenced the next round of self-study, in preparation for a visit and evaluation by MSCHE in the spring of 2022.  College President RADM Michael Alfultis appointed William J. Imbriale, Dean of Students, and Elissa De Falco, Associate Professor (Humanities), as self-study co-chairs. 

Dean Imbriale and Dr. De Falco subsequently attended the MSCHE Self-Study Institute in Philadelphia with the Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment, Dr. Linda Sturges. Currently, the co-chairs are working alongside Dr. Sturges and Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, to complete the self-study design. The design process will establish the major components and goals of the 2021-22 self-study process. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take an active role in the self-study process. Every member of the community has valuable insights and skills to contribute; only with contributions from all levels, divisions and departments can the College move forward in a genuinely transparent and collaborative process. 

Please contact Dean Imbriale or Professor DeFalco to express interest in participation.

Learn more about Middle States and its mission here.

Contact Information

Elissa DeFalco
Professor, Humanities Department

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William J. Imbriale
Dean of Student Affairs

William Imbriale