Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Wesley College
    Dover, DE
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Mr. Robert Clark, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s):
    Wesley Junior College
  • Address:
    120 North State Street
    Dover, DE 19901-3875
  • Phone:
    (302) 736-2300
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Christine McDermott
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1950
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Dover Air Force Base
436 FSS/FSDE 261 Chad Street
Dover, DE 19901
Additional Location
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Newark, DE 19718
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • 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 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the recent visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning, to reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for progress to date. To request a monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) further progress in the implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (2) further progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2015.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).