Table 2
Student outcome standards vary across accrediting agencies
Common characteristics of student outcome standards, by accrediting agency
Common characteristics HLC MSCHE WSCUC ACCJC NEASC SACSCOC NWCCU
Requires focus on specific outcomes
Requires demographic disaggregation
Includes success after graduation
Requires goal setting
Requires using quantitative outcomes data to make improvements
Benchmarks against peers
Requires using student outcomes to evaluate admissions process

Notes: The New England Association of Schools and Colleges makes demographic disaggregation optional in its Standard 8.1. MSCHE benchmarks against an institution's peers at the mid-point review, a process that was not evaluated for this report.

Source: See Appendix. For the accreditor agencies’ complete titles, see Table 1 in Antoinette Flores, “How College Accreditors Miss the Mark on Student Outcomes” (Washington: Center for American Progress, 2018), available at https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=449937.