The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the body that grants accredited status to colleges and universities in our region. Institutions are re-accredited every 10 years, through a process of self-study followed by a site visit. The College was re-accredited in 2010, and is in the process of completing the five-year Periodic Review Report. The next self-study process will begin in 2018, and conclude in 2020.

Middle States is not a government agency; it is a voluntary, peer-based membership association. This group sets standards and makes decisions about accreditation.

Haverford College’s Middle States Periodic Review Report is currently underway. This community document is intended to represent a broadly understood view of the institution, and we welcome your help and advice in further refining it. Please send all comments or suggestions to by May 11, 2015.

April 2015 PRR Draft

The PRR includes the following required sections:

  1. An executive summary.
  2. A summary description of the institution's responses to recommendations from the previous evaluation and to Commission actions.
  3. A brief narrative identifying the institution's major challenges and/or current opportunities.
  4. Analysis of enrollment and finance data for the period covered by the institution's strategic plan (but not less than the current year and three future years), including enrollment and fiscal trends from the three previous years and assumptions upon which projections are based.
  5. Evidence of sustained and organized processes to assess institutional effectiveness and student learning, and evidence that the results of such processes are being used to improve programs and services and to inform planning and resource allocation decisions.
  6. Evidence that linked institutional planning and budgeting processes are in place.

Three evaluators (two external reviewers and a finance associate) appointed by the Commission will review the 2015 PRR along with the report of the evaluation team from our 2010 Self-Study. (PRR reviewers do not visit the campus or interact with us.) They will then make a recommendation to the Commission regarding our continued accreditation.

PRR Schedule:

June 1, 2015
The College submits our Periodic Review Report and other required materials (e.g. financial documents).
Aug 1, 2015
Reviewers' reports are made available to the Commission and to the College.
Sept 1, 2015
The College may offer a response to the Reviewers' reports.
October 2015
Commission "PRR Committees" meet to review and discuss all materials. (PRR reviewers participate; the institution does not.)
November 2015
Commission communicates its final accreditation decision to the institution, stating the precise action it has taken, including any follow-up required of the institution.

The PRR Steering Committee, a subcommittee of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), is comprised of the following members:

  • Fran Blase, Associate Provost for Curricular Development and Support, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Franklyn Cantor, Presidential Fellow
  • Catherine Fennell, Director of Institutional Research
  • Jesse Lytle, Chief of Staff
  • Ellen Schultheis, Senior Assistant for Curricular and Provostial Affairs

Data and Disclosure

Higher Education Act of 1965 (Revised August 2008)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The HEOA contains numerous federal reporting and disclosure requirements for information from various administrative areas of higher education institutions. In order to make this information readily available, the office of Institutional Research has created this website to provide quick access to the institutional data. The following are general consumer information subject areas. Links to references, reports and additional details are provided.

Disclosure/Reporting Requirements:

Commission Action Letter
College Costs
Factbook: 2013-14, page 48
Course Search (select course and semester to view textbook price)
Campus Crime Reporting
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 6
Campus Emergency Procedures
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 9
Consumer Information on College Navigator
U.S. Dept. of Education Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics
Disaggregation of Graduation Data
Disaggregation of Graduation Data by Ethnicity
Disaggregation of Graduation Data by Fin. Aid Category
Disciplinary Proceeding Disclosures
Haverford College will comply upon written request from the alleged victim.
Disclosures to Students and Prospective Students
Financial Aid: Policies & Procedures
Opening Fall Enrollment
Geographic Origins of Students by Permanent Address
Characteristics of the Entering First-Year Class
Graduation Statistics
First-Year Student Retention Statistics
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 29
Health Services: Drugs & Alcohol
Drug Violation Penalty Notice
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 29
Fire Safety
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 32
Lobbying Certification
Lobbying Certification
Missing Person Procedures
2014 Security & Fire Safety Report, page 28
Net Price Calculator
Net Price Calculator
Teacher Preparation Report Cards
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Transfer of Credit Policy
Transfer of Credit Policy for Transfer Students, Summer Study, and Approved Study Abroad Programs
Voter Registration
Voter Registration
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership
Financial Aid: Apply for a Loan
Student Aid Improvements
Financial Aid: Outside Aid
Student Aid Simplification
The case for an Easier, Faster and More Accurate FAFSA
Student Loan Sunshine
Financial Aid: Apply for a Loan
Veteran's Readmission
Haverford College Veteran's Readmission Policy
Vaccination Policy
Health Services: Physical Examination Form