MSA CESS (Middle States Association of College and Schools)
The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association accredit early-childhood through post-secondary, non-degree granting public, private, faith-based educational institutions including special purpose schools, and learning services providers.
The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools are affiliated with the United States State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and provide accreditation services to American and international style schools attended by members of the U.S. foreign service and U. S. citizens working for non-government agencies and multi-national corporations.
NCPSA (National Council for Private School Association)
In September 1993, organizations agreed to formalize the process at the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Sixteen associations now hold full membership status in the Council. And, in order to assure that NCPSA recognition remains credible, highly respected educators such as former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell, Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools Elementary School Commission John Stoops, and others were asked to serve on the Council as at-large or “public” representatives.
THE ALLIANCE (The International Alliance for School Accreditation)
The new Alliance will provide a forum for developing more efficient, effective and better coordinated services from all of the participating agencies and facilitate for all institutions eligible for accreditation the opportunity to seek co-accreditations from the various agencies. As an example, the New England Association, Western Association and Middle States Association are working to develop a new 8th edition of CIS’s protocol which will be used cooperatively with international schools around the world. Similar bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements among the Alliance members are also being developed to address the need for national, multi-national, corporate and trans-regional accreditation.
AI (Accredication International)
Accreditation International (Ai) is unique in the field of accreditation, as not only does Ai accredit in five fields of education – schools, career and technical, distance education, early childhood, and supplementary education, it also encourages and works “hands-on” in partnership with countries in the development of new accreditation organizations. Ai has a cadre of experienced accreditation leaders and review team members from all over world, speaking dozens of different languages and representing various cultures.