STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

EXCELSIOR COLLEGE
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159
Phone: (518) 464-8500; Fax: (518) 464-8777
www.excelsior.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. John F. Ebersole, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 39735 Undergraduate; 3388 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Medium Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Other Accreditors: ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) CAE (Center of Academic Excellence)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: None
Other Instructional Sites: Commandant, US Army Sergeants Major Academy at Ft. Bliss, Ft. Bliss, TX
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1977
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
November 19, 2015: To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting assessment results that further provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes, including in educational offerings and general education (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
November 21, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change and to note the visit by the consultants. To include the direct assessment program in the associate of science (A.S.) degree in nursing within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of approval of the institution's application by the U.S. Department of Education. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting steps taken to improve retention in the A.S. degree in nursing program. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting assessment results that further provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes, including in educational offerings and general education (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
April 17, 2014: To make final the approval of the direct assessment program in the associate of science (A.S.) degree in nursing approved provisionally on November 21, 2013, and to include the program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting steps taken to improve retention in the A.S. degree in nursing program. 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. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Next Periodic Review Report: 2017

Date Printed: May 23, 2016

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.