STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: (301) 891-4000; Fax: (301) 891-4022
www.wau.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Weymouth Spence, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 911 Undergraduate; 179 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Religious- Seventh-day Adventist
2015 Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities - Medium Programs
Approved Credential Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) , National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Doctor's Community Hospital, Lanham, MD; General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, Silver Spring, MD; Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, MD; Newbold College, Binfield, England; NIST, Gaithersburg, MD; Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, MD
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1942
Last Reaffirmed: November 16, 2017

Most Recent Commission Action:
November 16, 2017: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to recognize the institution for progress to date. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2013, documenting evidence of further implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of student learning outcomes at the course, program , and institutional level, including (1) provision of increased institutional resources devoted to student learning outcomes assessment; (2) the integration of learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; and (3) the use of assessment results in academic planning at all levels (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
October 31, 2012: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional locations at (1) Doctor's Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706; (2) Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dussen, Laurel, Maryland 20707; and (3) Prince Georges Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland 20785 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of the request that the monitoring report, due April 1, 2013, document evidence of further implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of student learning outcomes at the course, program , and institutional level, including (1) provision of increased institutional resources devoted to student learning outcomes assessment; (2) the integration of learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; and (3) the use of assessment results in academic planning at all levels (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
June 27, 2013: To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting continued progress in the implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
October 28, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Columbia Union College - Gaithersburg, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting continued progress in the implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
October 31, 2013: To note the approval of the additional location at Prince Georges Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland 20785 has lapsed and to remove the location from the institution's accreditation.
April 23, 2014: To request a supplemental information report, due May 23, 2014, addressing the recent accreditation decision of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). To note that the progress report, due April 1, 2014, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its June meeting. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
June 26, 2014: To accept the progress report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting continued implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are used across all programs to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
June 26, 2014: To accept the supplemental information report.
November 19, 2015: To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Date Printed: December 11, 2017

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; 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. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.