Statement of Accreditation Status

Wesley College

  • CEO: Mr. Robert Clark, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Christine McDermott
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Wesley Junior College
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1950
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Contact Information

120 North State Street
Dover, DE 19901-3875

(302) 736-2300

www.wesley.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note the complex substantive change request includes the sale of the assets of the institution by Wesley College to Delaware State University effective July 1, 2021. To note that Wesley College’s accreditation will cease on August 31, 2021. To further note that accreditation will not transfer as an asset with the transaction as such violates Commission policy and procedures. To require notification of the date of the closing of the transaction within five calendar days of the transaction. To require submission of any written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the United States Department of Education and the Delaware Higher Education Office. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. To note the action for Delaware State University on June 24, 2021.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan and agreement. To request an updated teach-out plan with teach-out agreements due on August 1, 2021 with (1) signed copies of the teach-out agreement with Delaware State University, including any documentation supporting the agreement; (2) evidence that the transfers of records have been completed; (3) evidence that student records have been transferred to the final repository; and (4) documentation on the status of the institution’s degree granting authority from the Delaware Department of Education (Requirement of Affiliation 6; Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures). To note that Wesley College’s accreditation will cease on August 31, 2021. To note that Delaware State University will retain Wesley College programs and services. To note that Delaware State University, Dover, DE has been designated as the repository of all Wesley College student records. To note the action for Delaware State University on June 24, 2021.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To postpone a decision and request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2021, documenting evidence of (1) clearly stated educational goals at the institutional and degree/program levels, which are interrelated with one another, with relevant educational experiences, and with the institution’s mission (Standard V); (2) student learning programs that are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels (Standard V); (3) faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholder consideration and use of assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V); (4) the sufficiency of resources to fulfill its mission and goals and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11); and (5) the sufficiency of planning and budgeting processes to fulfill its mission and goals, and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI). To request that the supplemental information report also provide further evidence of (1) honesty and truthfulness in all publications and communications, in all formats, for internal and external communities (Standard II); (2) documented grievance policies and procedures for all constituencies (Standard II); and (3) compliance with all applicable federal reporting policies and regulations (Standard II). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. To note the visit will also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the request to delay the Self-Study Evaluation and On-Site Evaluation Visit. To reject the request for the delay because no extraordinary circumstances exist to warrant a delay (Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures). To require the institution to proceed with the On-Site Evaluation Visit to occur as scheduled.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review process. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2017 documenting (1) further implementation of the strategic plan (Standard 2); and (2) evidence that student learning outcomes are appropriately integrated at all levels (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2015 document (1) further evidence that assessment of institutional effectiveness is fully implemented across all areas of the institution (Standard 7); (2) evidence that adequate resources are allocated for full implementation of assessment processes (Standards 7 and 14); and (3) further evidence that assessment results provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes (Standard 14). To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2015, document the educational effectiveness of distance education and its impact on the institution's ability to fulfill its mission and goals (Standard 13).
  • November 21, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2015, should document the educational effectiveness of distance education and its impact on the institution's ability to fulfill its mission and goals (Standard 13).
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online Master of Education program within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To note that the monitoring report due September 1, 2013 has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its November meeting. To remind the institution of the request to document within the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2015, the educational effectiveness of distance education and its impact on the institution's ability to fulfill its mission and goals (Standard 13).
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Masters in Sport Leadership within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2015, document the educational effectiveness of distance education and its impact on the institution's ability to fulfill its mission and goals (Standard 13). To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) further evidence of the implementation of processes for ensuring discussion, analysis, dissemination and use of data for institutional effectiveness (Standard 7); (2) evidence that institutional assessment results are used to assist in planning and budgeting (Standard 7); and (3) assessment results that provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations.
  • June 27, 2013
    To document receipt of the monitoring report noting that the report provided limited responses to requested information. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) further evidence of the implementation of processes for ensuring discussion, analysis, dissemination and use of data for institutional effectiveness (Standard 7); (2) evidence that institutional assessment results are used to assist in planning and budgeting (Standard 7); and (3) assessment results that provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Wesley College New Castle, 13 Read's Way, New Castle, DE 19720 and to approve the teach out plan. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. To note that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its June meeting. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, further documenting (1) implementation of processes for ensuring discussion, analysis, dissemination and use of data for institutional effectiveness (Standard 7); (2) evidence that institutional assessment results are used to assist in planning and budgeting (Standard 7); and (3) use of appropriate assessments of the attainment of learning goals at the institutional, program, and course levels (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Dover Air Force Base
    436 FSS/FSDE 261 Chad Street
    Dover, DE 19901
  • Other Instructional Site
    Christiana Hospital
    4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
    Newark, DE 19718

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