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:
    Assumption College for Sisters
    Denville, NJ
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Sister Joseph Spring, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional » Two-year, very small
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    200 Morris Avenue
    Denville, NJ 07834
  • Phone:
    (973) 957-0188
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Sister Joseph Spring
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Christy Faison, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1965
  • 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
Not approved for 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)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent

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

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.

  • 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.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 23, 2016
    To reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report, and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further development and implementation of (1) long-range planning that includes measurable goals and objectives and is linked to institutional mission (Standard 2); and (2) policies and procedures to guide multi-year financial planning and resource allocation linked to the institution's strategic plan. (Standard 3). The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the relocation of Assumption College for Sisters to 200 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit in 2015-2016, document assessment of institutional resources required to support the achievement of the institution's mission in the new location (Standard 3).
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit in 2015-2016, document (1) implementation of the new governance model reflecting greater Board autonomy and responsibility (Standard 4); and (2) assessment processes that include use of direct evidence of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). To remind the institution that the Commission previously requested that the self-study document assessment of institutional resources required to support the achievement of the institution's mission in the new location (Standard 3).
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the June 2015 relocation of Assumption College for Sisters from 350 Bernardsville Road, Mendham, NJ 07945 to 200 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit to the new location within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations. To request that the self-study, due 2015-2016, document assessment of institutional resources required to support the achievement of the institution's mission in the new location (Standard 3). To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, should document (1) clearly stated unit level goals; (2) evidence that assessment results are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); and (3) assessment processes that include direct evidence of student learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • November 21, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To remind the institution that the monitoring report due March 1, 2014, should document (1) clearly stated unit level goals; (2) evidence that assessment results are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); and (3) assessment processes that include direct evidence of student learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, documenting (1) clearly stated unit level goals; (2) evidence that assessment results are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); and (3) assessment processes that include direct evidence of student learning (Standard 14). To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • August 17, 2012
    To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The next evaluation team visit will be scheduled for 2015-2016. To remind the institution of the Progress Report due April 1, 2013
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting sustained assessment of institutional effectiveness, including the assessment of student learning outcomes (Standards 7 and 14). The next evaluation visit is 2014-2015.
  • March 3, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (3) implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to request a monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (3) implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations for reporting. 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).