Statement of Accreditation Status

Centenary University

  • CEO: Dr. Bruce Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Viktoria Popova
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Centenary College (7/18/2016)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1932
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028

Contact Information

400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

(908) 852-1400

www.centenaryuniversity.edu/

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • February 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the written arrangement with Happiness Studies Academy, 44 Adams Drive, Cresskill, New Jersey 07626 to serve as a third-party provider of the Master of Arts degree in Happiness Studies (M.A.) within the institution's scope of accreditation. 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.
  • 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) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI); (2) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI); and (3) strategies to address enrollment decline (Standard VI).
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 333 Thornall Street, 7th Floor, Edison, NJ 08837. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or 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 additional location at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires 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.
  • January 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Mount Olive Township, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07836 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires 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 next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional locations at (1) BASF, 101 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932; (2) Greenwich Township School District, 101 Wyndham Farm Boulevard, Stewartsville, NJ 08323; (3) Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31, Flemington, NJ 08822; (4) Jefferson School District, 31 Route 181, Hopatcong, NJ 07849; (5) Rockaway Township District, 16 School Road, Hibernia, NJ 07842; (6) Verizon-Bridgewater, 1, Bridgewater, NJ 08807; and (7) Verizon-Morristown, 100 Southgate Parkway. To remove these additional locations from the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further implementation of institutional and unit level goals that are clearly stated, assessed appropriately, linked to mission and goal achievement, and that reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 1, 2017
    To rescind the substantive change action of June 30, 2014 and to note that inclusion has lapsed for the additional location at (1) Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 and (2) Newton Medical Center-Atlantic Health System, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the relocation of the Centenary University's School of Professional Studies (CAPS) additional location from 300 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054 to 7 Campus Drive, Parsippany NJ 07054. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (Doctor's - Professional Practice) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessments results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 2); (2) periodic assessment of the integrity evidenced in institutional policies, processes, practices, and the manner in which these are implemented (Standard 6); and, (3) ongoing assessment of student success, including but not necessarily limited to retention, that evaluates the match between the attributes of admitted students and the institution's mission and programs, and reflects its findings in its admissions, remediation, and other related policies (Standard 8). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 and (2) Newton Medical Center-Atlantic Health System, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at BASF, 101 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932 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. 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Rockaway Township School District, 16 School Road, Hibernia, NJ 07842 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations. 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Jefferson School District, 31 Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the following additional locations: (1) British-Sino University, Xin Jie Kou Wei Street #19, Haidan District, China; (2) British-Sino University, Nanjing, China; (3) Cheung on Business College, Shenzhen, China; (4) Cheung on Business College, Huzhou, China; (5) Cheung on Business College, Zhengsou, China; (6) Cheung on Business College, Ningbo, China; (7) Shangdong University, Zibo, China; (8) Southern Yangtze University, Finance Research Institute, China; (9) Taipei, Taiwan; (10) Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; (11) Frito Lay, 85 Commerce Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873; (12) Frito Lay, 12 Gardner Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (Secaucus); (13) Frito Lay, 11 Campus Drive, Burlington, NJ 08016; (14) Merck and Company, 126 West Scott Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065; (15) Pfizer, 192 Tabor Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950; (16) Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis, 301 South Livingston Ave, 2nd Floor, Livingston, NJ 07039; (17) Academy Street School, 14 Academy Street, Dover, NJ 07801; (18) Belvidere High School, 809 Oxford Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823; (19) Matheny Medical and Educational Center, 65 Highland, Peapack, NJ 07977; (20) Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Somerville, NJ 08876; (21) Selective Insurance, 40 Wantage Avenue, Branchville, NJ 07890; and (22) Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860 and to remove the locations from the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • 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 (2-4 yrs) 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:
  • 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 to offer ONE program: Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
  • Additional Location
    Allamuchy Elementary School
    20 Johnsonburg Road
    Allamuchy, NJ 07820
  • Additional Location
    Fredon School
    459 Route 94
    Newton, NJ 07860-9998
  • Additional Location
    Merriam Avenue School
    81 Merriam Avenue
    Newton, NJ 07860
  • Additional Location
    Mount Olive Township
    204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
    Budd Lake, NJ 07836
    Opened: 05/30/2019
  • Additional Location
    Nixon Elementary School
    275 Mt. Arlington Boulevard
    Landing, NJ 07850
  • Additional Location
    North Dover Elementary School
    51 Highland Avenue
    Dover, NJ 07801
  • Additional Location
    Raritan Valley Community College
    118 Lamington Road
    Branchburg, NJ 08876
    Opened: 05/30/2019
  • Additional Location
    School of Professional Studies (CAPS)
    7 Campus Drive
    Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Opened: 05/01/2017
  • Additional Location
    White Rock School
    2 Francine Place
    Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
  • Other Instructional Site
    Belleville Board of Education
    100 Passaic Avenue
    Belleville, NJ 07109
  • Other Instructional Site
    Clinton Public School
    10 School Street
    Clinton, NJ 08809-1354
  • Other Instructional Site
    Delaware Valley Regional High School
    19 Senator Stout Road
    Frenchtown, NJ 08825-3721
  • Other Instructional Site
    North Hunterdon Regional High School
    1445 NJ-31
    Annandale, NJ 08801-3117
  • Other Instructional Site
    Wallkill Valley Regional High School
    10 Grumm Road
    Hardyston, NJ 07419

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