Queens Road
Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP
United Kingdom
Phone: 0044-(208) 332-8286; Fax: 0044-(208) 332-1297

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. John Annette, President
Enrollment (Headcount): 1207 Undergraduate; 33 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
2015 Carnegie Classification: Not classified
Approved Degree Levels: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Not Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: n/a
Other Accreditors: The Open University, United Kingdom The Quality Assurance Agency, United Kingdom
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Kensington Campus, England; Leeds Metropolitan University, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Campus, United Kingdom
Other Instructional Sites: Richmond Study Center, Via Maggio 11, 50125 Florence, Italy; Richmond Study Center, Piazza Sant' Andrea Della Valle, 6, 00186 Rome, Italy
Status: Member since 1981
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 23, 2016: To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to, documentation of an organized, systematic, and sustained assessment process that demonstrates the achievement of student learning outcomes in all academic programs, including the Liberal Arts Core, uses multiple measures of sufficient quality to provide direct evidence of student achievement, and uses assessment results to improve teaching and learning and inform institutional effectiveness (Standard 14). To note the institution's responsibility to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to the partnership with Open University. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The date of the next accreditation review will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to include the location at Leeds Metropolitan University, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Campus, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
June 28, 2012: To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the probation status because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a Monitoring Report, due March 1, 2014, documenting the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2012-2017, including evidence of (1) a clear set of measurable outcomes with intermediate benchmarks and companion strategies designed to meet the strategic priorities set forth by the institution (Standard 2), and (2) sustained implementation of the institution's revised recruitment and retention strategies (Standard 8). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
June 26, 2014: To accept the monitoring report. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit, document (1) continued implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that includes clearly stated institution and unit-level goals and objectives that are stated in terms of outcomes, linked to mission, and used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 2); and (2) implementation of enrollment management strategies to improve student retention (Standard 8). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: n/a

Date Printed: August 24, 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.