Statement of Accreditation Status

University of the Potomac

  • CEO: Ms. Andrea Ford, Chief Operating Officer
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Andrea Ford
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (For-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Potomac College (6/11/2013)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2001
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024

Contact Information

1401 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 247-2300

www.potomac.edu

  • December 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To request a supplemental information report, due October 1, 2021, providing further updates on developments at the institution's Chicago site including the current status of (1) the asset purchase agreement related to the Chicago site (Requirement of Affiliation 14 and Standard II) and (2) the Medical Assisting certificate program (Standard III). In addition, to request that the supplemental information report provide further evidence of (3) honesty and truthfulness in all publications and communications, in all formats, for internal and external communities (Standard II) and (4) faculty and/or other appropriate professionals are regularly and equitably reviewed and provided with opportunities, resources and support for professional growth and innovation (Standard III). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action (Requirement of Affiliation 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2023-2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) the implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V); (2) adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure to support operations (Standard VI); and (3) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI).
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To delay the On-Site Follow-up 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 Follow-Up visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • December 19, 2019
    To note that the supplemental information report, due April 1, 2020, addressing the action by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, is now due February 3, 2020.
  • December 19, 2019
    To request a supplemental information report, due February 3, 2020, addressing locations operated by the University of the Potomac which may have implications for compliance with Requirements of Affiliations 5, 9, and 14; Standard II (Ethics and Integrity); Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Substantive Change Policy and Procedures; and Public Disclosures Policy and Procedures. To note that a follow-up visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 21, 2019
    To note that the substantive change visit occurred on September 23, 2019, and the information provided in the substantive change request was verified. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the report provided limited responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To request a supplemental information report, due April 1, 2020, providing further evidence addressing the action by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience and the Published Information policy. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's - Research/Scholarship program (Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership) 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 Higher Education Licensure Commission. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • May 8, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2019, addressing the action by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience and the Published Information policy.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's – Research/Scholarship degree program (Doctor of Business Administration) 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 the United States Department of Education. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the University of the Potomac Virginia branch campus from 2070 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite G100, Vienna, VA 22182 to 7799 Leesburg Pike, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To direct a site visit to the new location within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. Operations at the branch campus must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2020, the institution provide further documentation of the implementation of an organized and systematic assessment process which evaluates the extent of student achievement of institutional and program level goals and which continues to employ defensible standards for evaluating whether students are achieving those goals (Standard V) and (2) fiscal and human resources as well as the physical and technical infrastructure adequate to support its operations wherever and however programs are delivered (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that, in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review, the institution provide further documentation of the implementation of an organized and systematic assessment process which evaluates the extent of student achievement of institutional and program level goals and which continues to employ defensible standards for evaluating whether students are achieving those goals (Standard V) and (2) fiscal and human resources as well as the physical and technical infrastructure adequate to support its operations wherever and however programs are delivered (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 25, 2017
    To note that the Commission has received the institution's request for a delay in the small team visit, scheduled to review the November 1, 2016, monitoring report. To grant the request, noting that the small team visit should occur by September 15, 2017.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report and to acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To remove the probation because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 2, 3, 7 and 14 and to reaffirm accreditation. To include the change in ownership provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation, with Linden East LLC as the new principal owner, pending receipt of required federal and state approvals and completion of a required site visit within six months of the effective date of the change of ownership. In addition, to request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2016, further documenting that the institution has (1) conducted ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal (Standard 2); (2) achieved short- and long-term financial viability and sustainability and examined the impact of the new financial arrangements on the institution's finances (Standard 3); (3) implemented an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness and student learning in all programs, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note the visit of the Commission's representative.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To postpone a decision on accreditation and to request a Supplemental Information Report, due October 1, 2015, documenting (1) further analysis of the durability and enforceability of the Membership Working Capital Pledge Commitment (Requirement of Affiliation #8) and (2) that the institution complies with applicable Commission policies, specifically the Commission's policy on Advertising, Student Recruitment, and Representation of Accredited Status (Requirement of Affiliation #6). To note that the institution remains on probation pending consideration of the Supplemental Information Report by the Commission in November 2015, and remains accredited while on probation. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations. The date of the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 20, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To remind the institution that it has been placed on probation because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2, 3, 7 and 14, including but not limited to evidence that the institution (1) conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal (Standard 2); (2) has achieved short- and long-term financial viability and sustainability (Standard 3); (3) documents and implements an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness and student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 7 and 14). In addition, to request that the monitoring report document further steps taken to strengthen basic skills (Standard 13). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report due date will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Executive Master of Business Administration program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution they were placed on probation because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2, 3, 7 and 14, including but not limited to evidence that the institution (1) conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal (Standard 2); (2) has achieved short- and long-term financial viability and sustainability (Standard 3); (3) documents and implements an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness and student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 7 and 14). In addition, the monitoring report should document further steps taken to strengthen basic skills (Standard 13). To also remind the institution of the progress report, due August 1, 2014, documenting audited financial statements and management letter for FY2014 (Standard 3). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. A Commission liaison guidance visit will be conducted to discuss the Commission's expectations. The Periodic Review Report due date will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 26, 2014
    To place the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2, 3, 7 and 14, including but not limited to evidence that the institution (1) conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal (Standard 2); (2) has achieved short- and long-term financial viability and sustainability (Standard 3); (3) documents and implements an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness and student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 7 and 14). In addition, to request that the monitoring report document further steps taken to strengthen basic skills (Standard 13). To also request a progress report, due August 1, 2014, documenting audited financial statements and management letter for FY2014 (Standard 3). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The Periodic Review Report due date will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 26, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the relocation of the main campus at 1401 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the main campus from 4000 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 to 1401 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 and to provisionally include the new campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the M.B.A. program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request a progress report, due March 1, 2013, documenting with regard to the M.B.A program: (1) the impact of the program's finances on institutional operations (Standard 3); (2) steps taken to strengthen library/learning resources (Standard 11); and, (3) the implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning goals (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • June 28, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the branch campus at 2070 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Virginia, 22182 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next Evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013- 2014.
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to accept the institution's decision to close the branch campus at 1029 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, Virginia, 20170, and to include provisionally the branch campus at 2070 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Virginia, 22182 within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a visit to the branch campus within six months of commencing operations at the site. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at this location. In the event that operations at this location do not commence within one calendar year of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • June 23, 2011
    To note the visit with the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), and that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2011, documenting compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), including but not limited to documented evidence of (1) assessment of overall effectiveness in achieving mission and institutional goals, (2) clearly stated quantitative or qualitative outcomes, distinct from strategies, that clearly and purposefully relate to each institutional goal, and (3) periodic analysis and use of key outcomes measures for each institutional goal by institutional leaders to inform plans, resource allocations, and improvements. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. Action on the report and visit will be taken at the Commission's November 2011 meeting. To remind the institution to commence self-study immediately after participation in the Fall 2011 Self-Study Institute. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-14, pending Commission reaffirmation of accreditation.
  • March 3, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report, to thank the institution for receiving the Commission's representatives, and to commend the institution for progress to date in bringing the institution into compliance with Commission standards. To remove probation because of progress to date and evidence of the institution's capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time, but to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To extend the period for demonstrating compliance by nine months, for good cause, because the institution is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of extension. To note that warning is a less serious action than probation; it indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term. To further note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2011, documenting compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), including but not limited to documented evidence of (1) assessment of overall effectiveness in achieving mission and institutional goals, (2) clearly stated quantitative or qualitative outcomes, distinct from strategies, that clearly and purposefully relate to each institutional goal, and (3) periodic analysis and use of key outcomes measures for each institutional goal by institutional leaders to inform plans, resource allocations, and improvements. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. Action on the report and visit will be taken at the Commission's November 2011 meeting. To direct an immediate Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations. To direct the institution to commence self-study immediately after participation in the Fall 2011 Self-Study Institute. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-14, pending Commission reaffirmation of accreditation.
  • November 18, 2010
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that it has been placed on probation because of a lack of evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal) and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To note that the monitoring report due November 1, 2010, and the visit to follow will be acted upon by the Commission at its March 2011 meeting. The date for the next evaluation visit will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    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) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Branch Campus
    University of the Potomac Virginia
    7799 Leesburg Pike, Suite 200
    Falls Church, VA 22043
    Opened: 05/01/2019
  • Other Instructional Site
    University of the Potomac
    828 S Wabash, 2nd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

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