STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345
Phone: (610) 647-4400; Fax: (610) 251-1668
www.immaculata.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Sister R. Patricia Fadden, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 2560 Undergraduate; 1115 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Religious- Roman Catholic Church
Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Research
Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics; American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation,
Other Accreditors: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA; Archbishop John Carroll High School, Radnor, PA; Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE; AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE; Avon Grove Charter School, West Grove, PA; Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg, PA  (ANYA); Blue Mountain School District, Orwigsburg, PA; Chester Country Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA; Coatesville VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA; Collegium Charter School, Exton, PA; Conewago School District, New Oxford, PA; Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton, PA; Dixon Center, Harrisburg, PA; East Lycoming School District, Hughesville, PA; Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA; Garnet Valley Middle School, Glen Mills, PA; Glen Mills School, Glen Mills, PA; Hempfield School District, Landisville, PA; Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, Willow Street, PA; Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, Lancaster, PA; Laurel Highlands School District, Uniontown, PA; Lincoln Intermediate Unit, New Oxford, PA  (ANYA); Loyalsock Township School District, Montoursville, PA; Methacton School District, Eagleville, PA; Milton School District, Milton, PA; Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA; Octorara School District, Atglen, PA; Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ; Owen J. Roberts School District, Pottstown, PA; Perkiomen Valley School District, Collegeville, PA; Pfizer, Inc., Collegeville, PA; Pottstown School District, Pottstown, PA; Spring-Ford School District, Royersford, PA; SS Neumann & Goretti High School, Philadelphia, PA; St. Mary's Medical Center, Langhorne, PA; Twin Valley School District, Elverson, PA; Warwick School District, Lititz, PA; WAWA Lima, Media, PA; WAWA Somerton/Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; York Suburban School District, York, PA
Other Instructional Sites: Abington Health, Warminster, PA; Abington Health Lansdale Hospital, Lansdale, PA; Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA; Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown, PA; Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center, Malvern, PA; Bucks County Technical High School, Fairless Hills, PA; Christiana Medical Center, Newark, DE; Coatesville VA Hospital, Coatesville, PA; Conwell-Egan High School, Fairless Hills, PA; Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA; Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill, PA; Diocese of Harrisburg - Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg, PA; Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA; DuPont, Wilmington, DE; Einstein Montgomery, East Norriton, PA; Einstein Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Four Points by Sheraton (Nazareth), Philadelphia, PA; Freedom Foundation, Phoenixville, PA; Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA; Great Valley School District, Malvern, PA; Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA; Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, PA; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Lincoln Intermediate Unit, New Oxford, PA; Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Willingboro, NJ; Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol, PA; Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Eagleville, PA; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Willow Grove, PA; Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ; Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli, PA; Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Penn Medicine Academy, Philadelphia, PA; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; Pfizer, Inc., Collegeville, PA; Philadelphia Police Academy, Philadelphia, PA; Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA; Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA; Riddle Memorial Hospital, Media, PA; Sheraton Bucks Hotel (St. Mary's Medical Center), Langhorne, PA; Springfield High School, Springfield, PA; Springfield Hospital Division, Springfield, PA; SS. John Neumann & Maria Goretti High School, Philadelphia, PA; St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA; St. Mary's Medical Center, Langhorne, PA; Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, PA; TownPlace Suites (Christiana), Newark, DE; Union Hospital, Elkton, MD
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1928
Last Reaffirmed: November 19, 2009

Most Recent Commission Action:
January 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change requests. To note the institution's decision to close the following additional locations at (1) Conrad Weiser School District, 44 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551 (2) Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 410 N. Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602; (3) Littlestown School District, 162 Newark Street, Littlestown, PA 17340; (4) Northeastern School District, 41 Harding Street, Manchester, PA 17345; (5) Renaissance Academy, 40 Pine Crest Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460; and (6) Wawa, Salem Village, Salem Church Road & South Chapman Road, Newark, DE 19713. To note that the institution never commenced operations at the site located at Pottsgrove School District, 1301 Kauffman Road, Pottstown, PA 19464. To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
January 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the following additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation (1) Bishop McDevitt High School, 1 Crusader Way, Harrisburg, PA 17111; (2) Dixon Center, 2986 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; (3) Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 65 Billerbeck Street, New Oxford, PA 17350; (4) Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422; and (5) Pottstown School District, 600 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 19, 2009: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the report and progress to date. To request a progress letter, due by October 1, 2010, documenting inclusion of appropriate student learning outcomes information for all programs in the 2010-2012 catalogs (Standard 6). To further request that the self-study completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
November 2, 2010: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include additional locations at: (1) Loyalsock Township School District, 1720 Sycamore Drive, Montoursville, PA 17754; (2) Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, 1730 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584; (3) Spring-Ford School District, 857 South Lewis Road, Royersford, PA 19468-2711; (4) York Suburban School District, 180 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403; (5) Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001; and (6) Archmere Academy, 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these locations. In the event that operations at these locations do not commence within one calendar year of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the progress letter, due by October 1, 2010, will be acted on by the Commission at its November meeting. To remind the institution of the request that the self-study completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
November 18, 2010: To accept the progress report and to remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
June 28, 2011: To acknowledge the substantive change request and to note the institution's decision to close its additional locations at St. Agnes Medical Center, 1900 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145 and WAWA Training Center, Lansdale, 1857 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446. To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
July 2, 2012: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to reclassify the institution's instructional sites at (1) East Lycoming School District, 349 Cemetery Street, Hughesville, PA 17737 and (2) Laurel Highlands School District, 304 Baily Avenue, Uniontown, PA 15401 as additional locations; to include the additional location at (3) Warwick School District, 302 W. Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543 within the scope of the institution's accreditation and to note that this action is not retroactive; and to include the following additional locations provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending receipt of finalized letters of agreement between the institution and the partnering institutions at each of these additional locations: (4) Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, 1600 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 18103; (5) Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, 501 South 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143; (6) St. Mary's Medical Center, 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047; and (7) Jersey Shore Area School District, 175 A&P Drive, Jersey Shore, PA 17740. To note that the action regarding the St. Mary's Medical Center location is not retroactive. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the Our Lady of Lourdes, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, and Jersey Shore Area School District additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
January 22, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the finalized letters of agreement between the institution and the partnering institutions at each of these additional locations: (1) Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, 1600 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 18103; and (2) St. Mary's Medical Center, 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047 and to affirm inclusion of the additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
March 5, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to note the institution's decision to close its additional locations at (1) State Farm Insurance Company, One State Farm Drive, Concordville, PA 19339 and (2) Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, 1332 Enterprise Drive, West Chester, PA 19380 and to reclassify its additional location at Penn Home Health Care, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 as an instructional site. To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
March 5, 2013: To acknowledge the substantive change request and to include the additional locations at (1) Milton School District, 700 Mahoning Street, Milton, PA 17848 and (2) Methacton School District, 1001 Kreibel Mill Road, Eagleville, PA 19403 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
April 29, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Pfizer, Inc. 500 Arcola Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the 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 that the Commission previously requested that the self-study to be completed in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014 document: (1) progress made in implementing decisions regarding faculty (Standard 10), and (2) steps taken to strengthen student learning assessment including the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
May 10, 2013: To note the institution's decision not to open the following additional locations: (1) Jersey Shore Area School District, 175 A&P Drive, Jersey Shore, PA 17740 and (2) Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, 501 South 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143 and to remove the sites from the institution's accreditation.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2013 - 2014

Next Periodic Review Report: 2019

Date Printed: April 15, 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."