100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
Phone: (610) 606-4666; Fax: (610) 740-3763

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Carmen Twillie Ambar, President
Enrollment (Headcount): 1388 Undergraduate; 203 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
2015 Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges - Diverse Fields
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Other Accreditors: Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics); Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (American Academy of Forensic Sciences); Council on Social Work Education ? Commission on Accreditation; Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: 1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, PA; Allentown School District, Allentown, PA
Other Instructional Sites: Allentown SD, Allentown, PA; Parkland SD, Allentown, PA
Status: Member since 1944
Last Reaffirmed: June 26, 2014

Most Recent Commission Action:
February 29, 2016: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at 1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, PA 19611. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 26, 2014: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self study process. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2015, further documenting (1) clarification of mission (Standard 1); (2) implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including further steps to improve student retention, with the utilization of results in program planning and budgeting (Standard 8); (3) implementation of a program of student support services appropriate to student strengths and needs, reflective of institutional mission, consistent with student learning expectations, and available regardless of place or method of delivery (Standard 9); and, (4) assessment of general education outcomes within the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are used for curricular improvement (Standard 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
November 19, 2015: To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Date Printed: June 27, 2016


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 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.