STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-6000; Fax: (412) 396-5779
|Chief Executive Officer:||Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, President|
|Enrollment (Headcount):||5832 Undergraduate; 4124 Graduate|
|Affiliation:||Religious- Roman Catholic Church|
|Carnegie Classification:||Research - High Research Activity|
|Degrees Offered:||Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;|
|Distance Education Programs:||Fully Approved|
|Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Commission on English Language Program Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education|
|Other Accreditors: American Academy of Forensic Sciences; American Chemical Society Certification; AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Association for Educational Communications and Technology; Council for Exceptional Children; Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; International Reading Association; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Association of School Psychologists; National Council of Teachers of English; Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions; Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; American Music Therapy Association; Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing; Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy; International Coach Federation; Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Pennsylvania Department of Education|
|Branch Campuses: None|
|Additional Locations: 171st Refueling Wing, Coraopolis, PA; Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center, Charleston, WV; Coal Center, Intermediate Unit #1, Coal Center, PA; Dominican Institute, 10 Educational Zone, Nigeria; Educational Center of the United States Army Reserve 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (316 ESC) Headquarters, Coraopolis, PA; Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA; Paul VI Pastoral Center, Wheeling, WV; Priest Field Pastoral Center, Kearneysville, WV; Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry, PA; Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu Diocese/State, Nigeria; St. Frances de Sales Parish, Morgantown, WV; St. Margaret Mary Parish, Parkersburg, WV; St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA; Tangaza College, P.O. Box 15055-00509, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya; The Chancery in Wheeling, Wheeling, WV|
|Other Instructional Sites: New Castle School District Boardroom, New Castle, PA|
|Status: Member since 1935|
|Last Reaffirmed: November 21, 2013|
Most Recent Commission Action:
|November 21, 2013:||To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.|
Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
|June 26, 2008:||To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress letter, due by October 1, 2009, documenting progress in the implementation of a comprehensive and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning and linked to the planning and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.|
|July 1, 2008:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request submitted by the institution and to include the additional locations at (1) The Chancery in Wheeling, 1300 Byron St., Wheeling, West Virginia 26003; (2) St. Frances de Sales Parish, One Guthrie Lane, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508; (3) Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Road, Charleston, West Virginia 25314; (4) Priest Field Pastoral Center, 4030 Middleway Pike, Kearneysville, West Virginia 25430; (5) St. Margaret Mary Parish, 2500 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101; and (6) Paul VI Pastoral Center, 667 Stone and Shannon Roads, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.|
|November 4, 2009:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Coal Center, Intermediate Unit #1, One Intermediate Unit Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423 within the scope of the institution's accreditation and to accept the institution's decision to close the additional location at the Milton Hershey School, 1201 Homestead Lane, Hershey PA 17033. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.|
|November 19, 2009:||To accept the progress letter. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2013, provide further evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning and are linked to the planning and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 14).|
|January 4, 2010:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at the Educational Center of the United States Army Reserve 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (316 ESC) Headquarters, 99 Soldier's Lane, Coraopolis, PA 15108 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.|
|January 3, 2011:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to note the institution's decision to close the following additional location and to remove the location from the scope of the institution's accreditation: Capital Region Campus, Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.|
|June 28, 2011:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Tangaza College, P.O. Box 15055-00509, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya, provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2013, should provide further evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning and are linked to the planning and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 14).|
|June 28, 2012:||To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional location at Tanzaga College, Nairobi, Kenya within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2013, should provide further evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning and are linked to the planning and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 14).|
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2017 - 2018
Next Periodic Review Report: 2023
Date Printed: April 16, 2014
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."
EXPLANATION OF COMMISSION ACTIONS
An institution's accreditation continues unless it is explicitly suspended or removed. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, actions are taken for substantive changes (such as a new degree or geographic site, or a change of ownership) or when other events occur that require review for continued compliance. Any type of report or visit required by the Commission is reviewed and voted on by the Commission after it is completed.
In increasing order of seriousness, a report by an institution to the Commission may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.
Levels of Actions:
Grant or Re-Affirm Accreditation without follow-up
Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The institution shows promise but the evaluation team has identified issues of concern and recommends that the institution be given a specified time period to address those concerns.
Postpone a decision on (reaffirmation of) accreditation: The Commission has determined that there is insufficient information to substantiate institutional compliance with one or more standards.
Continue accreditation: A delay of up to one year may be granted to ensure a current and accurate representation of the institution or in the event of circumstances beyond the institution’s control (natural disaster, U.S. State Department travel warnings, etc.)
Recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report: Suggestions for improvement are given, but no follow-up is needed for compliance.
Supplemental Information Report: This is required when a decision is postponed and are intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action.
Progress report: The Commission needs assurance that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of a report or on-site visit.
Monitoring report: There is a potential for the institution to become non-compliant with MSCHE standards; issues are more complex or more numerous; or issues require a substantive, detailed report. A visit may or may not be required.
Warning: The Commission acts to Warn an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy when the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and a follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance. Warning indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term.
Probation: The Commission places an institution on Probation when, in the Commission’s judgment, the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and that the non-compliance is sufficiently serious, extensive, or acute that it raises concern about one or more of the following:
Probation is often, but need not always be, preceded by an action of Warning or Postponement. If the Commission had previously postponed a decision or placed the institution on Warning, the Commission may place the institution on Probation if it determines that the institution has failed to address satisfactorily the Commission’s concerns in the prior action of postponement or warning regarding compliance with Commission standards. This action is accompanied by a request for a monitoring report, and a special visit follows. Probation may, but need not always, precede an action of Show Cause.
Suspend accreditation: Accreditation has been Continued for one year and an appropriate evaluation is not possible. This is a procedural action that would result in Removal of Accreditation if accreditation cannot be reaffirmed within the period of suspension.
Show cause why the institution's accreditation should not be removed: The institution is required to present its case for accreditation by means of a substantive report and/or an on-site evaluation. A "Public Disclosure Statement" is issued by the Commission.
Remove accreditation. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.
Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."