North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: (570) 484-2011; Fax: (570) 484-2432

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Michael Fiorentino, President
System: Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Central Office
Mr. Frank Brogan, Chancellor
Dixon University Center
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 720-4000; Fax: (717) 720-4011
Enrollment (Headcount): 4521 Undergraduate; 396 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- Unit of PA System of Higher Education
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Smaller Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Clearfield Branch Campus, Clearfield, PA
Additional Locations: Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA; Dixon University Center, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA
Other Instructional Sites: None
Status: Member since 1949
Last Reaffirmed: March 1, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
November 15, 2012: To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
March 1, 2012: To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14, and to reaffirm accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, providing evidence related to Standard 2, that planning and improvement processes are (1) clearly communicated, continuous and systematic; and (2) that they have produced a documented record of institutional and unit improvement efforts and results. To also remind the institution that the monitoring report should provide evidence, related to Standard 7, that institutional assessment processes, including the assessment of the Strategic Plan, (3) include the use of multiple measures that clearly relate to the goals they are assessing; (4) receive appropriate administrative, technical, and financial support; and (5) are being used in institutional planning, resource allocation and renewal to improve all units, programs, services, and processes. To further request that the monitoring report provide (6) data-based evaluation of the effectiveness of all student learning assessment processes; and (7) documentation of the use of student learning assessment information to inform institutional assessment (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2016.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020 - 2021

Next Periodic Review Report: 2016

Date Printed: February 8, 2016


Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: 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.

Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. 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.

Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

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.