UPDATE: Link to the full Academy monitoring report added at the end of this post.
Today the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (“MSCHE”) released its latest report on accreditation at the Academy. Unfortunately, the Academy remains on accreditation warning. Specifically, MSCHE
continue[s] to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 7 (Institutional Planning) and Standard 2 (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Renewal).
The Academy’s official status remains that same as it has for the past year: it is on accreditation warning. This means that although the Academy remains accredited, it is still in danger of losing that accreditation.
MSCHE found that the Academy is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), Standard 5 (Administration), and Standard 9 (Student Support Services). How MSCHE determined that the Academy was in compliance with Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) is a mystery – by every objective measure, leadership and governance at the Academy has declined precipitously since last year when the Academy first failed that Standard.
We may soon learn more about how the Academy hid its leadership problems from MSCHE now that that the Administration no longer has an excuse to deny the public access to the monitoring report that it submitted to MSCHE.
UPDATE: Here is the full monitoring report, complete with appendices. (The version posted on the Academy website omits the appendices but this was provided to me in the belated — and blatantly illegal — response to my FOIA request.) I haven’t had time to wade through it. If you notice something of interest, post it in the comments. (Start your comment with “confidential” if you want to not have your name/username associated with it and I will approve it with any identifying info removed.)