Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Maritime College, State University of New York, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104  www.msche.org

MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  MSCHE most recently reaffirmed accreditation in 2017 with the acceptance of the Periodic Review Report. The Statement of Accreditation Status can be found here. Learn more about Middle States and its mission here.

Maritime College and the Middle States Self-Study Process

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.”

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 Dr. William J. Imbriale, Dean of Students, and Dr. Elissa De Falco, Professor (Department of Humanities), as Self-Study Report Co-Chairs. 

Dr. Imbriale and Dr. De Falco subsequently attended the MSCHE Self-Study Institute in Philadelphia. At major campus events throughout 2020 (including faculty meetings, a Middle States Town Hall in February, and Convocation in September), the President, Provost Jennifer Waters, and the Co-Chairs invited Maritime College faculty and staff to take an active role in the self-study process. Every member of the community has the 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.    

Self-Study Design 

The Maritime College Design is available for review: Maritime College Self-Study Design

The Self-Study Design addresses how institutional priorities, tied to the strategic plan and its goals, will inform our process. It also contains details on the timetable, Steering Committee, Working Groups, communications and more.

Per the Design, through our process of self-study, Maritime College will work to 

• Demonstrate the institution currently meets Middle States Standards for Accreditation and the Requirements of Affiliation.  

• Review, affirm, and materialize the links between our mission and core values to the planning process.  

• Engage the College community in an inclusive, meaningful and transparent self-evaluation process.  

• Utilize the MSCHE process in order to most effectively complete the implementation of the College Strategic plan (2018-2024).  

• Utilize the self-study process to inform decision making and guide future planning efforts.  


Contact Information

Elissa DeFalco, Ph.D.
Professor, Humanities Department

Elissa DeFalco












William J. Imbriale, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Affairs

William Imbriale