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:
    Howard University
    Washington, DC
  • Address:
    2400 Sixth Street, N. W.
    Washington, DC 20059
  • Phone:
    (202) 806-6100
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Daphne Bernard
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Ellie Fogarty, 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: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) 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
East Campus
Wahington, DC Mays Hall 1400 Shepherd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Additional Location
West Campus
Washington, DC 2900 Van Ness Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Additional Location
Howard West
1355 Shorebird Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
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.

  • August 20, 2021
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 30, 2021, addressing recent developments at the institution related to action taken by the District of Columbia's State Approving Agency (SAA), which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity, Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience, and Standard VII: Governance, Leadership and Administration. 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.
  • 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 the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • December 3, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due May 3, 2021, addressing the recent action by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 6; Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); and Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment).
  • 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. 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.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • September 25, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing recent action by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) 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.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • April 2, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due May 4, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), and Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration).
  • March 2, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due December 1, 2016, documenting steps taken to further improve the institution’s short- and long-term financial planning and stability in an environment of open communication and transparency (Standard 3). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report.
  • August 5, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due October 1, 2015, addressing the recent action of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the supplemental information report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • July 26, 2013
    To request a supplemental information report due August 23, 2013, addressing the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) action of May 20, 2013. 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 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).