The National Intelligence University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. MSCHE is a voluntary non-governmental organization "dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation." MSCHE requires institutions such as the National Intelligence University to meet standards related to best practices in higher education. These standards are known as the Characteristics of Excellence.
To maintain accreditation, institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation process every 10 years. The decennial evaluation cycle includes the submission of a self-study report and an on-site visit by an accreditation team composed of experienced professionals from other institutions. Additionally, a periodic review report is required every five years, at the midpoint between accreditation visits. In 2013, NIU successfully completed the five-year periodic review process and had its accreditation reaffirmed. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
The NIU statement of accreditation status is available on the Middles States Commission website.
To learn more about Middle States, please visit the following links:
About Middle States
Middle States Characteristics of Excellence (pdf)
In December 2012, the University was granted initial Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I accreditation by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. This specialized professional accreditation is available to select military officers who participate in the designated joint curriculum. The period of initial JPME Phase I accreditation is through October 2015.
Member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Since January 2002, the National Intelligence University has been a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Consortium is a non-profit educational association committed to the advancement of higher education in the region. The Consortium promotes cooperation and communication between member institutions and local, state, and national governments, promotes the role of higher education in the region's economic and cultural life, and provides leadership on matters related to higher education in the community and in the various locations in which its members reside.