STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Academy Street
Mansfield, PA 16933
Phone: (570) 662-4000; Fax: (570) 662-4121
www.mansfield.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Brig. Gen. Francis L. Hendricks, 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): 2717 Undergraduate; 253 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- Unit of PA System of Higher Education
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Medium Programs
Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation,; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Other Accreditors: Council on Social Work Education; Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training;National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy; Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1942
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, documenting (1) further development of a comprehensive strategic planning process that establishes measurable goals and achievable objectives and that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); and (3) further implementation of the academic assessment plan (Standard 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 15, 2007: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm the institution's accreditation, and to request a progress letter, due by October 1, 2009, documenting the implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process with evidence that results are being used to improve teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness (Standards 7 & 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-12.
November 19, 2009: To document receipt of the report, noting that the report provided limited institutional responses to requested information. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2010, documenting (1) the implementation of organized and sustainable assessment of institutional and program-level goals, including student learning goals, with evidence that results are being used to improve teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness (Standards 7 & 14). A visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.
June 24, 2010: To accept the monitoring report and to indicate that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the 2011-2012 evaluation visit, document additional progress to date in the implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment of institutional and program-level goals, including student learning goals, with evidence that results are being used to improve teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness (Standards 7 & 14).

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Next Periodic Review Report: 2017

Date Printed: April 16, 2014

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."

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:

  1. the adequacy of the education provided by the institution;
  2. the institution’s capacity to make appropriate improvements in a timely fashion; or
  3. the institution’s capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

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."