Statement of Accreditation Status
Chief Executive Officer:
Dr. Colleen Keith, President
Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools » Four-year, small, primarily residential
4701 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Ms. Alison White
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1976
- Last Reaffirmation: 2016
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2021
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Not approved for this delivery method
Not approved for this delivery method
Approved Credential Levels
The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
- Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
- Associate's Degree or Equivalent
- Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
- Post-baccalaureate Certificate
- Master's Degree or Equivalent
- Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Doctor's of Business Administration (DBA)
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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, 2020To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
- October 30, 2017To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship program (Doctor of Business Administration) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
- March 3, 2016To reaffirm accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2021.
- November 21, 2013To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
- November 17, 2011To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2013, providing evidence of the implementation of (1) an organized and sustainable assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and resource allocation and to gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7); (2) programs and services to ensure the retention of admitted students who marginally meet or who do not meet the institution’s qualifications and evidence of their achievement of expected learning outcomes (Standard 8); and (3) an organized and sustainable process to assess the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning and to achieve institutional mission, goals and plans (Standards 7, 11 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
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).