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:
    Catholic University of America, The
    Washington, DC
  • Address:
    Cardinal Station
    Washington, DC 20064
  • Phone:
    (202) 319-5000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Duilia de Mello
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028

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:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • 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:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

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
Alexandria
2050 Ballenger Ave #200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Additional Location
Community and Family Services International
Manila
Philippines
Additional Location
Cotabato City State Polytechnic College
Marawi City
Philippines
Additional Location
Crystal City
1480 Crystal Drive
Crystal City, VA 22202
Additional Location
CUA-Tucson
1255 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709
Additional Location
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Additional Location
Hall of States
444 North Capital Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Additional Location
Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS)
300 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Additional Location
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540
Additional Location
Mindanao State University
Marawi City
Philippines
Additional Location
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Carderock Division 9500 MacArther Blvd
West Bethesda, MD 20817
Additional Location
Night Vision Lab
10221 Burbick Road Suite 430
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Additional Location
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
Additional Location
The Catholic University of America – Tucson Program (on-site at PCC)
4905-B East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1100
Additional Location
Virginia Commonwealth University
1111 W. Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284
Additional Location
Western Mindanao State University
Zamboanga City
Philippines
Additional Location
Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20010
Other Instructional Site
District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)
55 M Street SE, fourth floor
Washington, DC 20003
Other Instructional Site
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
7601 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Other Instructional Site
Hilton Rockville
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Other Instructional Site
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Other Instructional Site
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540
Other Instructional Site
National Gallery of Art
6th and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20565
Other Instructional Site
NIH
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Other Instructional Site
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420
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.

  • January 4, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To includethe relocation of the additional locationfrom 4905-B East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85709 to 1255 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709, within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the new location and of the date that instruction ceases at the former location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a supplemental information report, due April 1, 2021, documenting: (1) implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V) and (2) implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement in general education (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Alexandria, 2050 Ballenger Ave #200, Alexandria, VA 22314 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at The Catholic University of America – Tucson Program, 4905-B East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709-1100 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at each location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), 300 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report Process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed the following additional locations: (1) Southern Maryland Higher Education, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619 ; (2) CFSI Center for Excellence in Humanitarian Services, 21 Rosales Street, Rosary Heights VI, Cotabato City, Mindanao Phillipines; and (3) Brothers in Charity, Kriubeke Belgium. To remove these additional locations from the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and Master of Science in Management degrees within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the progress report, due by April 1, 2012, should document (1) inclusion in the new strategic plan of measurable objectives, assignment of responsibilities, explicit links to unit plans, and appropriate assessment measure (Standard 2) and (2) continuing institutional support for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and of the achievement of intended student learning outcomes (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).