STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY
Bldg 62 - Marshall Hall
Fort McNair, DC 20319-5066
Phone: (202) 685-4700; Fax: (202) 685-3935
www.ndu.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Maj. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla, USMC, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 1777 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-Federal- Department of Defense
2015 Carnegie Classification: Not classified
Approved Degree Levels: Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: n/a
Other Accreditors: We have no other civilian accreditors.
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
Additional Locations: John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Bank Hall, Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Forces Staff College, Tampa, FL; Joint Forces Staff College, Colorado Springs, CO  (ANYA)
Other Instructional Sites: Joint Forces Staff College, Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, Stuttgart, Germany; Joint Forces Staff College, Camp H. M. Smith, HI; Joint Forces Staff College, Doral, FL
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1997
Last Reaffirmed: November 21, 2013

Most Recent Commission Action:
January 4, 2016: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Joint Forces Staff College, 1141 Stewart Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80914 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this 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. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 21, 2013: To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To request a progress report, due April 1, 2015, providing further evidence that (1) due consideration is granted to the role of the chief information officer in making decisions about the allocation of institutional resources (Standard 3); (2) administrative leaders in the area of information technology are selected with appropriate consideration to continuity of service, and have the skills, degrees and training to carry out their responsibilities and functions (Standard 5); (3) adequate resources are allocated to the institutional research office so that data are collected, managed, archived and used to ensure effective decision-making (Standard 7); and (4) institutional assessment results are used to renew strategic planning, to support resource allocation, and to achieve documented improvements in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
June 25, 2015: To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022 - 2023

Date Printed: December 1, 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.