STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783
Phone: (301) 985-7000; Fax: (301) 985-7678
www.umuc.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Javier Miyares, President
System: University System of Maryland Central Office
Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor
3330 Metzerott Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
Phone: (301) 445-1901; Fax: (301) 439-6441
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 41203 Undergraduate; 12829 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- The University System of Maryland
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, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: n/a
Other Accreditors: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE); European Foundation for Management Development–Technology-Enhanced Learning (EFMD CEL); Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM); Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC);
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: UMUC Asia, Bldg. 526, Yokota Air Base, Japan; UMUC-Europe Headquarters, Ramstein, Germany
Additional Locations: Adana, 39 MSS/Dpe, Turkey; Afnorth/Afcent, Education Center Horizon Straat 75, The Netherlands; Al-Kharg Campus, C/O UMUC European Division, Saudi Arabia; Alconbury, 423 ABS/DPE,RAF, England; Ali Al Salem AB, C/O UMUC European Division, Kuwait; Alice Springs, UMUC Asia, Australia; Anbach-Katterbach, BLDG 5814, Germany; Anderson AFB, 36 MSS/DPe (UMD), Guam; Andrews Airforce Base, Washington, DC; Annapolis Center, Annapolis, MD; Atsugi NAF, BLDG 949, Aye-shi, Japan; Aviano, Stanza, Italy; Babenhausen, Aschaffenberger Srasse, Germany; Bad Aibling, Oistfacg 1425 - AMietrahing, Germany; Bad Kreuznach Campus, 5312 Alzeyer Strasse, Germany; Bagram, APO, MD; Bamberg, 175 Zoller Strasse, Geb 7047, Germany; Bangkok, American Embassy Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand; Baumholder, H.D. Smith Barracke, Germany; Beijing China, Unit 5060, Box 0100, China; Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC; Bondsteel, Bondsteel, Kosovo, MD; Brussels, 13 Chaussee de Louvain, Belgium; Buechel, US Einheit, Germany; Buedingen, Geb 2225, Germany; Camp Arifjan, C/O UMUC European Division, Kuwait; Camp Buehring, C/O UMUC European Division, Kuwait; Camp Butler - CAPS Graduate Center, Unit 5060, Box 0100, Japan; Camp Carroll, Camp Carroll Education Center, South Korea; Camp Casey, UMUC Asia, Camp Casey Education Center, South Korea; Camp Colbern, UMUC Asia, South Korea; Camp Courtney, UMUC Asia, Japan; Camp Foster, UMUC Asia - Attn: Field Reps, Japan; Camp Fuji, UMUC Asia, Japan; Camp Garry Owen, Camp Garry Owen Education Ctr, South Korea; Camp Greaves, Building S 438, South Korea; Camp Hansen, MCCS Education Center Camp Hansen, Japan; Camp Henry, Henry Education Center, South Korea; Camp Hialeah/Pusan, BLDG s-1000, South Korea; Camp Hovey, Camp Hovey Education Center, South Korea; Camp Howze, Camp Howze Education Center, South Korea; Camp Humphreys, BLDG s-300, South Korea; Camp Kinser, UMUC Asia, Japan; Camp Long, Camp Long Education Center, South Korea; Camp Long, a, South Korea; Camp McGovern, Camp McGovern, Bosnia, MD; Camp Monteith, Camp Monteith, Kosovo, MD; Camp Morgan, APO, MD; Camp Page, Education Center, South Korea; Camp Red Cloud, Camp Red Cloud Education Center, South Korea; Camp Schwab, Attn: Camp Schab 18 MSS/DPE, Japan; Camp Shields, c/o Navy College Office, Japan; Camp Stanley, Camp Stanley Education Center, South Korea; Camp Zama, Academic Training Division, Japan; Chinhae, Attn: UMUC Field Rep, South Korea; College Park, College Park, MD; ComNavMar, UMUC Asia, Guam; Croughton, 422 ABS/DPe RAF Croughton, England; CSM-UMUC, Waldorf, MD; Darmstadt-Cambrai Fritsch, Cambrai Fritscch Kaserne, Germany; Dexheim, Anderson Kaserne, Germany; Dorsey Station, Adelphi, MD; Eagle Base (Tuzla Main), Eagle Base, Bosnia, MD; Fort Gordon, Fort Gordon, GA; Fort Meade, Ft. Meade, MD; Friedberg, Ray Kaserne, Germany; Futenma MCAS, MCB, MCAS Futenma, Japan; Gaeta, UMUC, US Naval Support, Italy; Garmisch, C/O UMUC European Division, Germany; Geilenkirchen, C/O UMUC European Division, Germany; Ghedi, 31 MUNSS, Italy; Giebelstadt, Giebelstadt Flugplatz Geb 609, Germany; Giessen Depot, Roedgenerstrasse 61-83, Germany; Graduate Counseling Program, Japan; Grafenwoehr, Geb 623, Germany; Hanau-Fliegerhorst Campus, Fliegerhorst Kaserne Geb 1322, Germany; Hanau-Pioneer, Pioneer Kaserne Geb 11, Germany; Harrogate, Near Harrogate Menwith Hill Station, England; Heidelberg-Field Study, C/O UMUC European Division, Germany; Heidelberg-Patton, Kirschheimerweg, Germany; Heidelberg-Tompkins, Tompkin Kaserne, Germany; Hohenfels, Hohenfels Training Area, Germany; Illesheim, Army Education Center -University of Maryland, Germany; Irkutsk State University (ISU), 1 Karl Marx Street, Russia; Iwakuni MCAS, BLDG 210, room 125, Japan; Izmir, 1375 SK american hastane, Turkey; Jufair Campus, PSC 451, Bahrain; K-16, Unit 15238, South Korea; Kabul, APO, MD; Kadena AB, UMUC Asia 18 MSS/DPE, Japan; Kaiserslautern-Kapaun, Kapaun Air Station, Germany; Kaiserslautern-Kleber, 415 BSB, Unit 23152, Germany; Kaiserslautern-ROB, Rhine Ordnance Kaserne, Germany; Kandahar, APO, MD; Keflavik, 235 Keflavik Airport, Iceland; Kitzingen-Harvey, Harvey Kaserne Geb. 105, Germany; Kitzingen-Larson, Larsen Kaserne, Germany; Kleine Broegel, 617 MUNSS, Unit 21903, Belgium; Kunsan AB, Kunsan Education Center, South Korea; Kuwait Naval Base, C/O UMUC European Division, Kuwait; Kuwait-Doha, ARTAS-K Education Ctr, Kuwait; Kuwait-Virginia, C/O UMUC European Division, Kuwait; Kwajaelein, Misc. U.S. Pacific Islands; Kwajaleinatol, Kwajaelein, UMUC Asia, Misc. U.S. Pacific Islands; Kwangju, Unit 5060m Box 0100, South Korea; La Maddalena, Usnavsupact, #1800, Italy; Lajes, BA #4, EDIFICIO t-416, Portugal; Lakenheath, Lakenheath, Brandon, England; Landstuhl, 416 BSB, Unit 23152, Germany; Larissa, C/O European Division, Greece; Laurel College Center, Adelphi, MD; Lisbon, C/O UMUC - European Division, Portugal; Livorno, Camp Darby, Italy; London, Comnavact UK, #74, England; Macedonia Campus, APO, MD; Mainz Wackernheim, McCully Kaserne Geb 6203, Germany; Manama, C/O UMUC European Division, Bahrain; Manheim-Coleman, Coleman Kaswerne Geb 50, Germany; Manheim-Sullivan, Fuertherstrasse 2, Germany; Miesau, Miesau Army Depot, Germany; Mildenhall, RAF Mildenhall, England; Misawa AB, Building 653, Japan; Moron, C/O UMUC European Division, Spain; Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China; Naples, Via Della Liberazione, Italy; NCTS, UMUC Asia, Guam; Okinawa Navy Gate 4/Shields, Unit 5050, Box 0100, Japan; Osan AB, UMUC Asia, Osan Education Center, South Korea; PG Police Dept Training Center, Adelphi, MD; Pirmasens, Miesau Army Depot, Germany; Pohang, Unit 5060, Box 0100, South Korea; Prince Frederick, Adelphi, MD; Qatar-Doha, C/O UMUC European Division, Qatar; Quantico, Stafford, VA; Rhein Main, Milataer Flughafen, Germany; Riyadh, 44090 SG/MSE, Unit 66023, Saudi Arabia; Rome Campus, Via Del Lungana 233, Italy; Rota, Basa Navil De Rota, Spain; Salerno, APO, MD; Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia, MD; Sasebo NB, Building T358, Japan; Schweinfurt-Conn, 20 Sherman Ave, Germany; Schweinfurt-Ledward, Ledward Kaserne, Geb 242, Germany; Sembach, Sembach AFB Geb 214, Germany; Shape, Education Center - UMUC, Belgium; Sigonella, U.S. Naval Air Station, Italy; Sigonella NAS 1, C/O UMUC European Division, Italy; Sigonella NAS 2, C/O UMUC European Division, Italy; Sinai-North Camp, Unit 31520 APO AE, Egypt; Sinai-South Camp, Unit 31520 APO AE, Egypt; Singapore, UMUC Asia, Singapore; Souda Bay, P.S.C. 814, Unit 29 FPA AE, Greece; Spangdahlem, 52 MSSQ/MSE Geb 192, Germany; St. Mawgan, Churchill Block BLDG 485, England; Stuttgart-Boeblingen/Panzer, Geb 2948, Germany; Stuttgart-Vaihingen-Patch, Panzer Education Center, Germany; Suwon, Suwon, South Korea, Japan; Taszar Main Campus, Operation Joint Forge, Hungary; Torii Station, UMUC Asia, Japan; USM Shady Grove Center, Rockville, MD; Vicenza, Caserme Ederle, Italy; Vienna Campus, 20 Keywerthgasse, Austria; Vilseck, Rose Kaserne Geb 223, Germany; Volkel, NCEN Germany/Benelux/Iceland Area Director's Office, The Netherlands; Waldorf Center for Higher Education, Waldorf, MD; White Beach, Unit 5060, Box 0100, Japan; Wiesbaden-Army, Flugplatz Erbenheim, Germany; Woomera, Bldg 450, Barree Street, Australia; Wuerzburg-Giebelstadt, Giebelstadt Flugplatz Geb 609, Germany; Wuerzburg-Leighton, Leighton Kaserne Geb 15, Germany; Yokohama, Unit 5060, Box 0100, Japan; Yokosuka NB, 1 Banchi, Tomari-cho, Japan; Yokota, BLDG 5266 Takota, Japan; Yongsan, UMUC Asia Yongsan Education Center, South Korea
Other Instructional Sites: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, MD; Academic Center at Largo, Largo, MD; Adder, Camp Adder, Iraq; Al Dhafra, Al Dhafra Education Center, United Arab Emirates; Al Udeid AB, Testing Center, 379 EFSS/BTES, Qatar; Arundel Mills, Hanover, MD; As Sayliyah, ASG-QA, Education Center Box 500, Qatar; Bethesda Navy Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Afghanistan; Camp Lemonier, EDUCATION CENTER, UMUC Field Representative, Djibouti; Camp Lester, Camp Lester, Japan; Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, Afghanistan; Camp Montrond, Camp Montrond, Afghanistan; Camp Sharana, Camp Sharana, Afghanistan; Camp Speicher, Camp Speicher, Iraq; Camp Taji, Camp Taji, Iraq; Camp Victory, Camp Victory, Iraq; Camp Virginia, Camp Virginia, Kuwait; FOB Pasab, Education Center HHC 710th, FOB Pasab Afghanistan, Afghanistan; FOB Shank (West), Army Education Center, 8, Afghanistan; FOB Shindand, Afghanistan, Afghanistan; Fort Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Benning, Ft. Benning, GA; Fort Bliss, Ft. Bliss East (Biggs), TX; Fort Drum, Fort Drum, NY; Fort Myer, Fort Myer, VA; GEICO, Chevy Chase, MD; Guam Army National Guard, 430 Army Drive, Bldg. 300, Barrigada, GU 96913-4421, Guam; ISA, TBD, Bahrain; Joint Base Balad, Joint Base Balad, Iraq; Joint Base Lewis McChord, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA; Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA; Manas, Manas Education Center, Mark A. Pospischil (POC), Kyrgyzstan; National Security Agency Naval, Fort Meade, MD; Naval Base Guam, UMUC Asia, PSC 455 Box 152, APO, AP 96540-1000, Guam; Northeast Maryland Higher Ed C, Aberdeen, MD; Patuxent River NAWC, Patuxent, MD; Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD; Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, MD; Taegu Air Base (K-2), Taegu Air Base, Taegu, South Korea, South Korea; USM-Hagerstown Educational Ctr, Hagerstown, MD
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1946
Last Reaffirmed: November 17, 2011

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 30, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual agreement, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree, with the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) 8, Sukhanova Str., Vladivostok, 690950, Russian Federation within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 17, 2011: To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report, and for the quality of the PRR process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
April 19, 2012: To request a supplemental information report, due August 1, 2012, documenting evidence of (1) the implementation of admissions policies and procedures that support and reflect the mission of the institution; and (2) the institution's ongoing assessment of student success, including but not limited to retention, that evaluates the match between the attributes of admitted students and the institution's mission and programs, and reflects its findings in its recruitment, admissions, remediation, and other related policies (Standard 8). In addition, the supplemental information report should provide evidence of (3) undergraduate and graduate educational offerings that are congruent with the institution's mission, which include areas of academic study of sufficient content, breadth and length conducted at levels of rigor appropriate to the degrees offered; (4) the provision of comparable quality of teaching/instruction, academic rigor, and educational effectiveness of the institution's courses and programs regardless of their location or delivery mode; (5) the implementation of policies and procedures to assure that the educational expectations, rigor, and student learning within any accelerated degree program are comparable to those that characterize more traditional program formats; and (6) the ongoing assessment of student learning and program outcomes relative to the goals and objectives of all educational programs, and the use of results to improve student learning and program effectiveness (Standard 11). A small team visit will follow submission of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
August 27, 2012: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Quantico, 525 Corporate Dr., Stafford VA 22555 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 note that the supplemental information report, due August 1, 2012, has been received and a small team visit has been scheduled. These will be acted on at the Commission's November meeting. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
November 15, 2012: To accept the supplemental information report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
July 1, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the contractual agreement with the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) 8, Sukhanova Str., Vladivostok, 690950, Russian Federation within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
October 28, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the UMUC-Europe branch campus in Heidelberg, Germany to UMUC-Europe Headquarters, Ramstein Education Office, 86 MSS/DPE Geb 2120, Ramstein Flugplatz, Germany 6877 and to reclassify the additional location in Ramstein, Germany as a branch campus. To provisionally include the new branch campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the branch campus. In the event that operations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
June 26, 2014: To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at UMUC-Europe Headquarters, Ramstein Education Office, 86 MSS/DPE Geb 2120, Ramstein Flugplatz, Germany 6877 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2015 - 2016

Next Periodic Review Report: 2021

Date Printed: June 30, 2015

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 withdrawn or the institution voluntarily allows its accreditation to lapse. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, the Commission takes actions to approve substantive changes (such as a new degree or certificate level, opening or closing of a geographical 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. Reports submitted for candidacy, self-study evaluation, periodic review or follow-up may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.

The Commission “Accepts” a report when its quality, thoroughness, and clarity are sufficient to respond to all of the Commission’s concerns, without requiring additional information in order to assess the institution’s status.

The Commission “Documents receipt of” a letter or report when it addresses the Commission’s concerns only partially because the letter or report had limited institutional responses to requested information, did not present evidence and analysis conducive to Commission review, were of insufficient quality, or necessitated extraordinary effort by the Commission’s representatives and staff performing the review. Relevant reasons for not accepting the letter or report are noted in the action. The Commission may or may not require additional information in order to assess the institution’s status.

The Commission “Rejects” a letter or report when its quality or substance are insufficient to respond appropriately to the Commission’s concerns. The Commission requires the institution to resubmit the report and may request a visit at its discretion. These terms may be used for any action (reaffirm, postpone, warn, etc.).

Types of Follow-Up Reports:

Accreditation Readiness Report (ARR): The institution prepares an initial Accreditation Readiness Report during the application phase and continually updates it throughout the candidacy process. It is for use both by the institution and the Commission to present and summarize documented evidence and analysis of the institution’s current or potential compliance with the Commission’s accreditation standards.

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. Monitoring reports are required for non-compliance actions.

Supplemental Information Report: This report is intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action. This report is required when a decision is postponed. The Commission may request a supplemental information report at any time during the accreditation cycle.

Commendations:

Periodically, the Commission may include commendations to the institution within the action language. There are three commendations. More than one commendation may be given at the same time:

To commend the institution for the quality of the [Self-Study or PRR] report. The document itself was notably well-written, honest, insightful, and/or useful.

To commend the institution for the quality of its [Self-Study or PRR] process. The Self-Study process was notably inclusive.

To recognize the institution's progress to date. This is recognition for institutions that had serious challenges or problems but have made significant progress.

Affirming Actions

Grant Candidate for Accreditation Status: This is a pre-accreditation status following a specified process for application and institutional self-study. For details about the application process, see the MSCHE publication, Becoming Accredited. The U.S. Department of Education labels Candidacy as “Pre-accreditation” and defines it as the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency grants to an institution or program for a limited period of time that signifies the agency has determined that the institution or program is progressing toward accreditation but is not assured of accreditation) before the expiration of that limited period of time. Upon a grant of candidate for accreditation status, the institution may be asked to submit additional Accreditation Readiness Reports until it is ready to initiate self study.

Grant Accreditation: The Commission has acted to grant accreditation to a Candidate institution and does not require the submission of a written report prior to the next scheduled accreditation review in five years.

Grant Accreditation and request a Progress Report or Monitoring Report: The Commission has acted to grant accreditation to a Candidate institution but requires the submission of a written report prior to the next scheduled accreditation review to ensure that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of the report or on-site visit.

Reaffirm Accreditation via Self Study or Periodic Review Report: The Commission has acted to reaffirm accreditation and does not require the submission of a written report prior to the next scheduled accreditation review in five years. The action language may include recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report or Self Study. Suggestions for improvement are given, but no written follow-up reporting is needed for compliance.

Reaffirm Accreditation via Self Study or Periodic Review Report and request a Progress Report or Monitoring Report: The Commission has acted to reaffirm accreditation but requires the submission of a written report prior to the next scheduled accreditation review to ensure that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of the report or on-site visit.

Administrative Actions

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.). The institution maintains its status with the Commission during this period.

Procedural Actions

Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The Candidate 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. Institutions may not stay in candidacy more than 5 years.

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. The Commission requests a supplemental information report.

Voluntary Lapse of Accreditation: The institution has allowed its accreditation to lapse by not completing required obligations. The institution is no longer a member of the Commission upon the determined date that accreditation will cease.

Non-Compliance Actions

Warning: A Warning indicates that an institution has been determined by the Commission not to meet one or more standards for accreditation. A follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance.

Probation: Probation indicates that an institution has been determined by the Commission not to meet one or more standards for accreditation and is an indication of a serious concern on the part of the Commission regarding the level and/or scope of non-compliance issues related to the standards. The Commission will place an institution on Probation if the Commission is concerned 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.

By federal regulation, the Commission must take immediate action to withdraw accreditation if an institution is out of compliance with accreditation standards for two years, unless the time is extended for good cause.

Show Cause: An institution is asked to demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. A written report from the institution (including a teach out plan) and a follow-up team visit are required. The institution has the opportunity to appear before the Commission when the Commission meets to consider the institution's Show Cause status. Show Cause may occur during or at the end of the two-year Probation period, or at any time the Commission determines that an institution must demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn (i.e. Probation is not a necessary precursor to Show Cause).

Adverse Actions

Withdrawal of Accreditation: An institution’s candidate or accredited status is withdrawn and with it, membership in the association. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.

Denial of Accreditation: An institution is denied initial accreditation because it does not meet the Commission’s requirements of affiliation or accreditation standards during the period allowed for candidacy. If the institution appeals this action, its candidacy remains in effect until the appeal is completed.

Appeal: The withdrawal or denial of candidacy or accreditation may be appealed. Institutions remain accredited (or candidates for accreditation) during the period of the appeal.

Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."