Statement of Accreditation Status

Washington Adventist University

  • CEO: Dr. Weymouth Spence, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Janette Neufville
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs » Four-year, very small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Columbia Union College (6/16/2009), Washington Missionary College
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1942
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

(301) 891-4000

www.wau.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Newbold College, Binfield Bracknell, RG42 4AN, United Kingdom that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at NIST, 100 Bureau Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20866 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Doctor's Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham, MD 20706 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dussen, Laurel, MD 20707 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision.
  • April 28, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision.
  • August 26, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205, Laurel, MD 20707 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. 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 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to recognize the institution for progress to date. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting continued implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are used across all programs to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the supplemental information report.
  • April 23, 2014
    To request a supplemental information report, due May 23, 2014, addressing the recent accreditation decision of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). To note that the progress report, due April 1, 2014, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its June meeting. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • October 31, 2013
    To note the approval of the additional location at Prince Georges Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland 20785 has lapsed and to remove the location from the institution's accreditation.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Columbia Union College - Gaithersburg, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting continued progress in the implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting continued progress in the implementation of the assessment of student learning outcomes, including evidence that assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • October 31, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional locations at (1) Doctor's Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706; (2) Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dussen, Laurel, Maryland 20707; and (3) Prince Georges Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland 20785 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of the request that the monitoring report, due April 1, 2013, document evidence of further implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of student learning outcomes at the course, program , and institutional level, including (1) provision of increased institutional resources devoted to student learning outcomes assessment; (2) the integration of learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; and (3) the use of assessment results in academic planning at all levels (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 2012
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2013, documenting evidence of further implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of student learning outcomes at the course, program , and institutional level, including (1) provision of increased institutional resources devoted to student learning outcomes assessment; (2) the integration of learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; and (3) the use of assessment results in academic planning at all levels (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

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:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Laurel College Center
    312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
    Laurel, MD 20707
    Opened: 09/09/2021

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