STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
2121 I Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-4949; Fax: (202) 994-0654
www.gwu.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Thomas J. LeBlanc, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 11504 Undergraduate; 15655 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
2015 Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity
Approved Credential Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year) (), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years) (), 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's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 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 (CCNE) , Council on Education for Public Health , Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) American Medical Association, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: 1310 G Street NW, Washington, DC; Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach, VA  (ANYA); Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain; Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Alexandria, VA; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC; Booz Allen Hamilton Dulles Campus, Herndon, VA; Capital One, Glen Allen, VA; Children's Guild, Baltimore, MD  (ANYA); College of Jewish Studies, Rockville, MD; Corcoran, Washington, DC; Fort Sam Houston AHS, San Antonio, TX; George Washington University Arlington Education Center, Arlington, VA; Georgetown, Washington, DC; Hall of the States, Washington, DC; Hampton Roads Center, Newport News, VA; Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, VA  (ANYA); Hong Kong Institute of Management, N/A, Hong Kong; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Fairfax, VA; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Santa Maria, CA  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Las Cruces, NM  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, San Jose, CA  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Littleton, CO  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Papillon, NE  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Reston, VA  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, San Diego, CA  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Goodyear, AZ  (ANYA); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Honolulu, HI  (ANYA); Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA; Marshall Road Elementary School, Vienna, VA  (ANYA); McLean Hilton, McLean, VA; Metro Transit Police Headquarters, Washington, DC; NASA Langley, Hampton, VA; National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Reston, VA; Naval Dental School, Bethesda, MD; Naval School of Health Science, San Diego, CA; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Cardcrock, MD; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia, PA; Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk, VA  (ANYA); Ridge School of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD  (ANYA); Rock Creek Academy, Washington, DC  (ANYA); SAIC, McLean, VA; SAIC Corporation, McLean, VA; Singapore Institute of Management, N/A, Singapore; Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, MD; The George Washington Mount Vernon, Washington, DC  (ANYA); The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon; Virginia Campus, Ashburn, VA; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
Other Instructional Sites: 2020 K Street, Washington, DC; Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, MD; China Industrial & Commercial Rsch Institute, Taipei City, Taiwan; El Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC; FCC Headquarters, Washington, DC; Flowers High School, Springdale, MD; Foundations School, Rockville, MD; Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC; Huntington Ingalls, Newport News, VA; Ivymount School, Rockville, MD; Julius West Middle School, Rockville, MD; Kingsbury School, Washington, DC; Lockheed Martin Corp., King of Prussia, PA; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Springfield, VA; Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA; Massey Building, Fairfax, VA; McKinley Tech High School, Washington, DC; Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD; Montgomery County Education Association, Rockville, MD; Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria, VA; National Arboretum, Washington, DC; Norwood School, Bethesda, MD; Orbital Sciences Corp, Dulles, VA; Orbital Sciences Corp, Chandler, AZ; Phillips School, Annandale, VA; Ritz Carlton, Washington, DC; SAIC, San Diego, CA; Strawbridge School, Baltimore, MD; Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA; William Wirt Middle School, Riverdale, MD
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1922
Last Reaffirmed: November 21, 2013

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 23, 2016: To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 21, 2013: To accept the Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit in 2017-2018, document further progress in assessing general education across all undergraduate programs (Standards 12 and 14).
January 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645 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 the request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit in 2017-2018, document further progress in assessing general education across all undergraduate programs (Standards 12 and 14).
June 26, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request and to include the merger with the Corcoran College of Art and Design within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending receipt of all necessary legal approvals. The Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if subsequent developments might have affected the Commission's decision. To request a Supplemental Information Report, due by September 1, 2014, documenting progress in the establishment of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in George Washington University, including evidence of: (1) the effective date of the merger; (2) the implementation of the financial terms of the merger, including the results of the review by an independent accountant as described in the merger agreement (Standard 3); (3) successful integration of the Corcoran programs and students into the George Washington University, including: (a) the availability of assessment information to prospective students, including graduation, retention, and other appropriate outcomes (Standard 6); (b) course syllabi that consistently incorporate expected learning outcomes (Standard 11); (c) plans for the assessment of student learning and program outcomes and the use of the results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 11); (d) plans to implement a coherent program of general education that specifies clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and provides assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12). A small team visit will follow submission of the Supplemental Information Report. To include the additional locations at 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 and 1800 35th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
March 5, 2015: To accept the Supplemental Information Report and to note the visit by the Commission's representative. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further progress in the establishment of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in George Washington University, including evidence of (1) the provision of contracts for Corcoran School faculty (Standard 10); (2) progress in the coordination of the School and University degree audit systems (Standard 9); (3) plans for the implementation of the University's general education program in the Corcoran School (Standard 12); and (4) progress in the development of an organized and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes in the Corcoran School (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
March 30, 2015: To note that all necessary legal approvals were received and to affirm the inclusion of the merger with the Corcoran College of Art and Design within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective August 22, 2014
June 26, 2015: To request a supplemental information report, due July 13, 2015, addressing the recent action of Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (CoA). To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further progress in the establishment of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in George Washington University, including evidence of (1) the provision of contracts for Corcoran School faculty (Standard 10); (2) progress in the coordination of the School and University degree audit systems (Standard 9); (3) plans for the implementation of the University's general education program in the Corcoran School (Standard 12); and (4) progress in the development of an organized and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes in the Corcoran School (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
November 19, 2015: To accept the supplemental information report. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of March 5, 2015, requesting a progress report due April 1, 2016. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2017 - 2018

Date Printed: November 16, 2017

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.