STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
840 Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214
Phone: (814) 393-2000; Fax: (814) 393-2039
www.clarion.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Karen M. Whitney, 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
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 4932 Undergraduate; 780 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- Unit of PA System of Higher Education
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Larger Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Associate's, Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>= 2 years, < 4 years) (), Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma (), Master's, Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma, Doctor's - Professional Practice (Doctor of Nursing Practice);
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar ; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation,; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Other Accreditors: American Chemical Society-Committee on Professional Training; The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards; American Library Association; Council for Exceptional Children; Council for Standards in Human Service Education; Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.; International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.; Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering; Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care; National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; National Association for the Education of Young Children; Association of Small Business Development Center; National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education; College Reading and Learning Association
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Venango Campus, Oil City, PA
Additional Locations: Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit, Monaca, PA; Butler County Community College, Butler, PA; Cheney University Urban Education Center, Philadelphia, PA; Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, PA; Elk/Cameron Community Education Council, Saint Mary's, PA; Lawrence County Learning Center, New Castle, PA; Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA; Penn Highlands Community College -- Ebensburg Education Center, Ebensburg, PA; Penn Highlands Community College -- Richland Campus, Johnstown, PA; Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, PA; West Penn School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA; Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7, Greensburg, PA
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1948
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 26, 2014: To accept the monitoring report and to note that a visit will not be conducted. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document further implementation of a documented assessment process for general education (Standard 12).

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). To further request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
July 1, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Butler County Community College, College Drive, Butler, PA 16003-1203 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. 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. To remind the institution of a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
October 28, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of State approval. To note that the progress report, due October 1, 2013 has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its meeting in November. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
November 21, 2013: To accept the progress report. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
January 27, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of state approval and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice within the scope of the institution's accreditation.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Next Periodic Review Report: 2017

Date Printed: February 11, 2016

DEFINITIONS

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.