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:
    University of the District of Columbia
    Washington, DC
  • Address:
    4200 Connecticut Avenue, N. W.
    Washington, DC 20008
  • Phone:
    (202) 274-5100
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Scott Krawczyk
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1971
  • 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:

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 year) 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 to offer ONE program: Graduate Certificate in Adult Education
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Doctor's Degree - Other 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
North Capitol Street Center
801 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Branch Campus
Hanger 2
2801 Thomas Avenue
Washington, DC 20001
Additional Location
South Dakota Avenue Center (Backus)
5171 South Dakota Avenue
Washington, DC 20017
Additional Location
PR Harris
4600 Livingston RD, SE
Washington, DC 20032
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.

  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • September 23, 2020
    To note that the supplemental information report requested May 14, 2020 is no longer due.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested September 23, 2019. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 9, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report due March 1, 2021, addressing recent action by the American Bar Association (ABA) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), and Requirement of Affiliation 6.
  • May 14, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 1, 2020 addressing the recent action by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE-COA) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience, Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience; Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment; and Requirement of Affiliation 6. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • April 16, 2020
    To 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.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that additional materials have been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the June meeting. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • September 23, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing recent action by the American Bar Association (ABA) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), and Requirement of Affiliation 6.
  • January 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree level program (Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-baccalaureate Certificate program (Graduate Certificate in Adult Education) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-master's Certificate program (Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree program [Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (CES)] within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Hanger 2, 2801 Thomas Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20001 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the supplemental information report.
  • June 23, 2016
    To reaffirm accreditation. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • March 23, 2016
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due April 25, 2016, addressing the recent action of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • June 26, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due July 13, 2015, addressing the recent action of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Modern Academy in Maadi, Road H 304, New Maadi, Cairo Egypt. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the Commission previously granted a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will now be 2015-2016 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2015 or the spring semester 2016.
  • July 18, 2013
    To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will now be 2015-2016 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2015 or the spring semester 2016.
  • June 27, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at the North Capitol Street Center, 801 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit and to further remind the institution of the Commission’s policy on international travel. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015
  • March 7, 2013
    To accept the supplemental information report addressing the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) action. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit and to further remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • January 2, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request; to re-classify the additional location at the North Capitol Street Center, 801 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 as a branch campus; and to include provisionally the branch campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit. To further remind the institution that the Commission reserves the right to delay or terminate accreditation processes and/or status related to an international location if it determines that security considerations would affect the safety of its staff, team members, or others. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • October 11, 2012
    To accept the supplemental information report. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit. To further remind the institution that the Commission reserves the right to delay or terminate accreditation processes and/or status related to an international location if it determines that security considerations would affect the safety of its staff, team members, or others. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • September 4, 2012
    To request a supplemental information report, due October 15, 2012, documenting (1) the specific reasons for the placement on warning by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) for non-compliance with their Standards 2, 4, and 6; (2) the impact of the action by the NLNAC on the institution, its programs, its students, and its ability to remain in compliance with relevant MSCHE Standards; and (3) an action plan and timeline indicating steps that will be taken to resolve the institution’s accreditation status with the NLNAC. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit. To further remind the institution that the Commission reserves the right to delay or terminate accreditation processes and/or status related to an international location if it determines that security considerations would affect the safety of its staff, team members, or others. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remind the institution that a visit is required at the Modern Academy additional location in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, when security concerns permit. To further remind the institution that the Commission reserves the right to delay or terminate accreditation processes and/or status related to an international location if it determines that security considerations would affect the safety of its staff, team members, or others. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.

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).