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Glossary

Each entry contains the following types of information, except that some fields are not relevant and therefore do not appear for institutions that are Candidates for accreditation:

Institution Name: The full name of each accredited or candidate institution.

Website: The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the institution's "Home Page" on the World Wide Web.

Address: The institution's full mailing address.

Telephone: The institution's main telephone number.

Fax: The institution's main facsimile number. 

CEO Name & Title: The name and title of the institution's chief executive officer.

CAO Name & Title: The name and title of the institution's chief academic officer.

Type of Institution: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has adopted the Carnegie Classification System, introduced in 2006. For more information on the revised system, please visit the Carnegie Foundation website:

 

ID

 

Category

 

Category Explanation

 

1

 

Assoc/Pub-R-S

 

Associate's--Public Rural-serving Small

2

Assoc/Pub-R-M

Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium

3

Assoc/Pub-R-L

Associate's--Public Rural-serving Large

4

Assoc/Pub-S-SC

Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Single Campus

5

Assoc/Pub-S-MC

Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus

6

Assoc/Pub-U-SC

Associate's--Public Urban-serving Single Campus

7

Assoc/Pub-U-MC

Associate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus

8

Assoc/Pub-Spec

Associate's--Public Special Use

9

Assoc/PrivNFP

Associate's--Private Not-for-profit

10

Assoc/PrivFP4

Associate's--Private For-profit

11

Assoc/Pub2in4

Associate's--Public 2-year colleges under 4-year universities

12

Assoc/Pub4

Associate's--Public 4-year Primarily Associate's

13

Assoc/PrivNFP4

Associate's--Private Not-for-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's

14

Assoc/PrivFP4

Associate's--Private For-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's

15

RU/VH

Research Universities (very high research activity)

16

RU/H

Research Universities (high research activity)

17

DRU

Doctoral/Research Universities

18

Master's L

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)

19

Master's M

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)

20

Master's S

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)

21

Bac/A&S

Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences

22

Bac/Diverse

Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields

23

Bac/Assoc

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges

24

Spec/Faith

Special Focus Institutions--Theological seminaries, Bible colleges, and other faith-related institutions

25

Spec/Med

Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers

26

Spec/Health

Special Focus Institutions--Other health professions schools

27

Spec/Engg

Special Focus Institutions--Schools of engineering

28

Spec/Tech

Special Focus Institutions--Other technology-related schools

29

Spec/Bus

Special Focus Institutions--Schools of business and management

30

Spec/Arts

Special Focus Institutions--Schools of art, music, and design

31

Spec/Law

Special Focus Institutions--Schools of law

32

Spec/Other

Special Focus Institutions--Other special-focus institutions

33

Tribal

Tribal Colleges

Distance Learning Courses: (Y)es or (N)o indicates whether or not the institution offers for credit one or more courses that may be completed entirely by distance learning, whether or not the same courses can be completed entirely in a classroom. This does not refer to mixed-delivery courses in which distance learning technologies are a minor supplement to in-class instruction.

Control: Listed is the type of institutional control: Public; Private Non-Profit (aka "Not-for-Profit); or Private For Profit.

Affiliation (Optional): Listed is the institution's primary affiliation (e.g., a specific religious group; state or local government, etc.).

Adjusted Enrollment: The adjusted enrollment of each institution as of the fall beginning of the current academic year. It includes the headcount of full-time students, plus the number of part-time students whose total credit hours are equivalent to full-time students. (This is a uniform method for computing "full time equivalent" or FTE.)

Headcount: The total number of full-time and part-time students enrolled as of the fall beginning of the current academic year.

First Accredited Year: The date listed indicates the year of initial accreditation for each institution.

Reaccreditation: The date listed indicates the most recent year the institution's accreditation was reaffirmed. Note: Entries for "Candidates for Accreditation" indicate when the institution became a candidate.

Last Accredited Method: Indicates the process by which reaccreditation was attained (i.e., the decennial Self-Study or the interim Periodic Review Report in the fifth year).

Next Self Study Review: Indicates the academic year in which the institution is scheduled to complete its next self-study report and receive its decennial evaluation team visit.

Next Periodic Review: Each institution is required to submit its interim Periodic Review Report in June of the calendar year indicated.

Degrees: Listed are the degrees and certificates awarded by each institution.

A = Associate
B = Baccalaureate
M = Master's
P = First Professional
D = Doctorate
C = Certificate/Diploma

Campuses: Listed are the major campuses which are not separately accredited and meet the Commission's definition of a "branch campus" or are campuses of equal rank in a multi-campus institution. Additional locations, other instructional sites, and study abroad locations are not included.

Definitions:
Branch Campuses, Additional Locations, and Other Instructional Sites

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education uses the following definitions in its Institutional Profile data collection:

Branch Campuses:

The Commission defines a branch campus as a site that is geographically apart from and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if it:

  • offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential
  • has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; AND
  • has its own budgetary and hiring authority

The Commission’s definition of a branch campus may or may not be the definition the institution uses for state reporting purposes.

Branch campuses are not considered to be temporary, but they may be rented or made available to the institution at no cost by another institution, organization, agency, or firm. The branch may be organized and managed by the institution itself or by contractual agreement with a third party.

Note: Facilities listed as "branch campuses" may not also be listed as "additional locations" or "other instructional sites."

Additional Locations:

The Commission defines an Additional Location as a site, other than a Branch Campus or an Other Instructional Site that:

  • is geographically apart from the main campus; AND
  • at which students may complete at least 50 percent of an educational program (i.e., of at least one program).

Additional Locations are not considered to be temporary but may be rented or made available to the institution at no cost by another institution, organization, agency, or firm. The location may be organized and managed by the institution itself or by contractual agreement with a third party.

Note: Facilities listed as "additional locations" may not also be listed as "branch campuses" or "other instructional sites."

Other Instructional Sites:

The Commission defines an Other Instructional Site as any off-campus site, other than a Branch Campus or an Additional Location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

These sites may include, but are not limited to, high schools, corporations, community centers, and churches.

Exclude distance learning programs.

Note: Facilities listed as "other instructional sites" may not also be listed as "branch campuses" or "additional locations."