STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
201 Old Main Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-4700; Fax: (814) 865-1100
www.psu.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Eric J. Barron, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 79229 Undergraduate; 14447 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State- Pennsylvania State-Related
2015 Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity
Approved Credential Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) , Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) American Medical Association, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Dickinson Law, Carlisle, PA; Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Additional Locations: Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, Malvern, PA; Penn State Abington, Abington, PA; Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA; Penn State Beaver, Monaca, PA; Penn State Berks, Reading, PA; Penn State Brandywine, Media, PA; Penn State DuBois, DuBois, PA; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA; Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, Lemont Furnace, PA; Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA; Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA; Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA; Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, PA; Penn State Mont Alto, Mont Alto, PA; Penn State New Kensington, New Kensington, PA; Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA; Penn State Shenango, Sharon, PA; Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA; Penn State Worthington Scranton, Dunmore, PA; Penn State York, York, PA
Other Instructional Sites: Abington Hospital, Abington, PA; Aria Health Systems, Philadelphia, PA; ARIA-SON, Trevose, PA; Carlisle High School, Carlisle, PA; Carpenters Union Training Center, Las Vegas, NV; Chester, Chester, PA; Chubb Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, PA; Cranberry Township (RLA), Cranberry Township, PA; Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA; Hanover, Hanover, PA; Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA; Malvern, Malvern, PA; Marine Corps Recruit Depot Learning Center, San Diego, CA; McConnellsburg, McConnellsburg, PA; Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, PA; Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA; Penn State Center - Engaging Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA; Sallie Mae, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Shady Grove, Shady Grove, PA; Shaver's Creek, Petersburg, PA; Shippensburg (JLG), Shippensburg, PA; St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA; The Penn State Learning Center (Lewistown), Lewistown, PA; Towanda, Towanda, PA; WCC, Youngwood, Youngwood, PA; West Chester, West Chester, PA; Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Williamsport, Williamsport, PA
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1921
Last Reaffirmed: June 25, 2015

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 22, 2017: To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 25, 2015: To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (3) review of the enrollment management plan for recruitment, retention, marketing, and advertising, particularly with respect to the enrollment of under-represented students, consistent with the institution's priorities and values (Standard 8); (4) further implementation of the assessment of general education outcomes within the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are utilized for curricular improvement (Standards 12 and 14); and (5) further evidence of articulated student knowledge, skills, and competency levels within existing certificate programs (Standard 13). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
January 15, 2016: To request a supplemental information report, due February 12, 2016, addressing the institution's voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
March 15, 2016: Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due April 10, 2016, addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on the institution's compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards, specifically Standard 3 (Institutional Resources).
June 23, 2016: To accept the supplemental information report addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on the institution's compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
June 23, 2016: To accept the supplemental information report addressing the institution's voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Date Printed: October 17, 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.