Statement of Accreditation Status

Kean University

  • CEO: Dr. Lamont Repollet, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Mukul Acharya
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Kean College of New Jersey (1/1/1997), Newark State College (1/1/1973)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1960
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

1000 Morris Avenue Box 411
Union, NJ 07083

(908) 737-5326

www.kean.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2019, providing the status of any investigation(s) conducted by the institution or by state, federal, or other government agencies, related to  the action of August 21, 2018. To note that copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 calendar days of their completion.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • August 21, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 21, 2018, addressing the recent action of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Commission on Peer Review (NASPAA).
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's - Professional Practice degree program [Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)] within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide further evidence of (1) assessment of the effectiveness of general education providing student learning opportunities (Standard III) and (2) 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 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide further evidence of (1) assessment of the effectiveness of general education providing student learning opportunities (Standard III) and (2) 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 2021-2022.
  • February 22, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the State of New Jersey Higher Education and to include the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 26, 2014 regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2017.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of state approval.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document evidence of (1) continued enhancement of communication among all constituent groups (Standard 6); (2) implementation of clear and consistent expectations for direct measures across all non-academic units (Standard 7); and (3) review of the learning outcomes for general education and consideration of a reduction in the number of outcomes (Standard 12).
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and the institution's response to third party comment and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document evidence of 1) continued enhancement of communication among all constituent groups (Standard 6); 2) implementation of clear and consistent expectations for direct measures across all non-academic units (Standard 7); and 3) review of the learning outcomes for general education and consideration of a reduction in the number of outcomes (Standard 12).
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from WB402, No. 9 Building, Chashan Higher Education Park, The People's Republic of China, Wenzhou, Zhejian Province 32503 to College Road, Li'ao Town, Ouhai District, People's Republic of China, Wenzhou, Zhejian Province 325060 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, should document evidence of (1) steps taken by the Board to regularly review and balance the roles and relationships among multiple constituencies as well as the structures and processes through which they participate in governance, and (2) steps taken by the leadership of the various constituencies to regularly articulate a shared vision about the mission of the institution (Standard 6); (3) the development and implementation by all non-academic units of assessment processes that use substantive and direct measures to evaluate and improve outcomes related to unit as well as institutional mission and goals, and (4) the development and implementation by the University Planning Council of written procedures for the regular and systematic use of assessment results in planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (5) clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, with assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12). A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • November 21, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Wenzhou University, WB402, No. 9 Building, Chashan Higher Education Park, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China 325035 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, should document evidence of (1) steps taken by the Board to regularly review and balance the roles and relationships among multiple constituencies as well as the structures and processes through which they participate in governance, and (2) steps taken by the leadership of the various constituencies to regularly articulate a shared vision about the mission of the institution (Standard 6); (3) the development and implementation by all non-academic units of assessment processes that use substantive and direct measures to evaluate and improve outcomes related to unit as well as institutional mission and goals, and (4) the development and implementation by the University Planning Council of written procedures for the regular and systematic use of assessment results in planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (5) clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, with assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12). A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge the substantive change request and to provisionally reclassify as an additional location the instructional site at Wenzhou University, WB402, No. 9 Building, Chashan Higher Education Park, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China 325035, pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations at the site. To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, should document evidence of (1) steps taken by the Board to regularly review and balance the roles and relationships among multiple constituencies as well as the structures and processes through which they participate in governance, and (2) steps taken by the leadership of the various constituencies to regularly articulate a shared vision about the mission of the institution (Standard 6); (3) the development and implementation by all non-academic units of assessment processes that use substantive and direct measures to evaluate and improve outcomes related to unit as well as institutional mission and goals, and (4) the development and implementation by the University Planning Council of written procedures for the regular and systematic use of assessment results in planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (5) clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, with assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12). A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and the institution's response to third party comment and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), Standard 12 (General Education), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report due by March 1, 2014, documenting evidence of (1) steps taken by the Board to regularly review and balance the roles and relationships among multiple constituencies as well as the structures and processes through which they participate in governance, and (2) steps taken by the leadership of the various constituencies to regularly articulate a shared vision about the mission of the institution (Standard 6); (3) the development and implementation by all non-academic units of assessment processes that use substantive and direct measures to evaluate and improve outcomes related to unit as well as institutional mission and goals, and (4) the development and implementation by the University Planning Council of written procedures for the regular and systematic use of assessment results in planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (5) clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, with assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12). A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • July 31, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt on April 19, 2012 of the NCAA Infractions Report to the Commission and to rescind the Commission's July 19, 2012 request for submission of such report. The remaining actions of the Commission on July 19, 2012 continue in full force and effect.
  • July 19, 2012
    To request that the institution submit the full text of the April 2012 NCAA Infractions Report to the Commission by August 2, 2012. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to compliance with MSCHE requirements of affiliation and standards of accreditation. To further remind the institution that it has been placed on probation because of a lack of evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), Standard 12 (General Education), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, should provide documented evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), Standard 12 (General Education), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). The monitoring report is to include, but not be limited to, evidence of the development and implementation of (1) procedures to ensure that factual information about the institution, including Middle States Commission on Higher Education team reports and Commission actions, are accurately reported and are made available to the institution's community (Standard 6); (2) an organized and sustainable institutional assessment process that (a) includes direct measures that clearly and purposefully relate to the goals they are assessing, (b) is used to evaluate, improve, and gain efficiencies in all programs, services, and processes, and (c) informs decision-making about institutional planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); (3) a coherent program of general education that (a) incorporates the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives in a manner consistent with institutional mission, (b) specifies clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and (c) provides assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12); and (4) an organized, systematic, and sustainable process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs that foster student learning and development, and that (a) includes direct measures that are clearly related to the goals they are assessing, (b) provides sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key learning outcomes, (c) uses results to improve teaching and learning, and (d) uses student learning assessment results as part of institutional assessment (Standard 14). To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, should also provide evidence of (5) the equitable and consistent treatment of constituencies in the application of academic requirements and policies, administrative review, and institutional governance and management; (6) an institutional climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration; and (7) the periodic assessment of integrity evidenced in institutional policies, processes, practices, and the manner in which these are implemented (Standard 6). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To place the institution on probation because of a lack of evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), Standard 12 (General Education), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, providing documented evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), Standard 12 (General Education), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, evidence of the development and implementation of (1) procedures to ensure that factual information about the institution, including Middle States Commission on Higher Education team reports and Commission actions, are accurately reported and are made available to the institution's community (Standard 6); (2) an organized and sustainable institutional assessment process that (a) includes direct measures that clearly and purposefully relate to the goals they are assessing, (b) is used to evaluate, improve, and gain efficiencies in all programs, services, and processes, and (c) informs decision-making about institutional planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); (3) a coherent program of general education that (a) incorporates the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives in a manner consistent with institutional mission, (b) specifies clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and (c) provides assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 12); and (4) an organized, systematic, and sustainable process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs that foster student learning and development, and that (a) includes direct measures that are clearly related to the goals they are assessing, (b) provides sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key learning outcomes, (c) uses results to improve teaching and learning, and (d) uses student learning assessment results as part of institutional assessment (Standard 14). To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due September 1, 2012, should also provide evidence of (5) the equitable and consistent treatment of constituencies in the application of academic requirements and policies, administrative review, and institutional governance and management; (6) an institutional climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration; and (7) the periodic assessment of integrity evidenced in institutional policies, processes, practices, and the manner in which these are implemented (Standard 6). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to compliance with MSCHE requirements of affiliation and standards of accreditation. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established 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:

  • 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 of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Kean Ocean
    College Drive P.O. Box 2001
    Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
  • Additional Location
    Kean University in the People's Republic of China
    Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, 88 College Road, Li'ao Town Ouhai District
    China
    Opened: 01/02/2014
  • Other Instructional Site
    Barack Obama Green Charter HS
    35 Watchung Ave
    Plainfield, NJ 07060
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bayonne School District
    669 Avenue A
    Bayonne, NJ 07002
  • Other Instructional Site
    Business Technology Institute
    618 Caranetta Dr
    Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Other Instructional Site
    Camden City School District
    1033 Cambridge St
    Camden, NJ 08105
  • Other Instructional Site
    Carteret Borough School Dist.
    599 Roosevelt Ave
    Carteret, NJ 07008
  • Other Instructional Site
    Clark Twp. School District
    365 Westfield Ave, 2nd Fl
    Clark, NJ 07066
  • Other Instructional Site
    Colonia High School
    180 East St
    Colonia, NJ 07067
  • Other Instructional Site
    Cranbury Twp School District
    23 North Main St
    Cranbury, NJ 08512-3203
  • Other Instructional Site
    Cranford Twp School District
    132 Thomas St
    Cranford, NJ 07016
  • Other Instructional Site
    Edison Township School District
    312 Pierson Ave
    Edison, NJ 08837
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hamilton High School West
    2720 South Clinton Ave
    Trenton, NJ 08610
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hazlet School District
    421 Middle Rd
    Hazlet, NJ 07730
  • Other Instructional Site
    Highland Park School District
    435 Mansfield St
    Highland Park, NJ 08904-2642
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hillside Twp School District
    195 Virginia St
    Hillside, NJ 07205-2742
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hoboken School District
    524 Park Ave
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
  • Other Instructional Site
    Jefferson Twp High School
    31 Route 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
  • Other Instructional Site
    Kean Muhlenberg Partnership
    1200 Randolph Rd
    Plainfield, NJ 07060
  • Other Instructional Site
    Kean Skylands
    243 Mt. Paul Road
    Jefferson Township, NJ 07438
  • Other Instructional Site
    Lakeview School District
    10 Oak Dr
    Edison, NJ 08837
  • Other Instructional Site
    Lenape Regional District
    93 Willow Grove Road
    Shamong, NJ 08088
  • Other Instructional Site
    Livingston Twp. School District
    11 Foxcroft Dr
    Livingston, NJ 07039-2613
  • Other Instructional Site
    Long Branch School District
    540 Broadway
    Long Branch, NJ 07740
  • Other Instructional Site
    Madison School District
    359 Woodland Rd
    Madison, NJ 07940
  • Other Instructional Site
    Metuchen School District
    16 Simpson Place
    Metuchen, NJ 08840
  • Other Instructional Site
    Michael Graves Warehouse
    44 Patton Avenue
    Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Other Instructional Site
    Middletown School District
    834 Leonardville Rd 2nd Fl
    Leonardo, NJ 07737
  • Other Instructional Site
    Midland Park High School
    250 Prospect Street
    Midland Park, NJ 07432
  • Other Instructional Site
    Monmouth Regional HS District
    One Norman J. Field Way
    Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
  • Other Instructional Site
    Monroe Twp School District
    423 Buckelew Ave
    Monroe Township, NJ 08831-9802
  • Other Instructional Site
    Montclair School District
    22 Valley Rd
    Montclair, NJ 07042-2709
  • Other Instructional Site
    New Providence School Dist.
    356 Elkwood Ave
    New Providence, NJ 07974-2322
  • Other Instructional Site
    Newark School District
    2 Cedar St
    Newark, NJ 07102-3015
  • Other Instructional Site
    Nottingham High School
    1055 Klockner Rd
    Hamilton, NJ 08619
  • Other Instructional Site
    Ocean County College
    1 College Drive
    Toms River, NJ 08754
  • Other Instructional Site
    Ocean County College Southern Education Center
    195 Cedar Bridge Road
    Manahawkin, NJ 08050
  • Other Instructional Site
    Ocean Township School District
    163 Monmouth Road
    Oakhurst, NJ 07755
  • Other Instructional Site
    Pascack Valley Regional High School District
    28 West Grand Avenue
    Montvale, NJ 07645
  • Other Instructional Site
    Passaic High School
    170 Paulison Avenue
    Passaic, NJ 07055
  • Other Instructional Site
    Passaic Valley Reg Hs Dist
    100 E Main St
    Little Falls, NJ 07424
  • Other Instructional Site
    People's Prep Charter School
    321 Bergen Street
    Newark, NJ 07103
  • Other Instructional Site
    Perth Amboy School District
    178 Barracks St
    Perth Amboy, NJ 08861-3402
  • Other Instructional Site
    Raritan Valley Community College
    118 Lamington Road
    Twp of Branchburg, NJ 08876
  • Other Instructional Site
    Ringwood School District
    121 Carletondale Rd
    Ringwood, NJ 07456
  • Other Instructional Site
    Rumson School District
    60 Forest Ave
    Rumson, NJ 07760
  • Other Instructional Site
    Rutgers Piscataway Campus
    675 Hoes Lane
    Piscataway, NJ 08854
  • Other Instructional Site
    Rutgers University - Scotch Plains Campus
    1776 Raritan Rd
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
  • Other Instructional Site
    South Plainfield School Dist.
    125 Jackson Ave.
    South Plainfield, NJ 07080
  • Other Instructional Site
    Sparta School District
    18 Mohawk Ave
    Sparta, NJ 07871
  • Other Instructional Site
    Springfield School District
    139 Mountain Avenue
    Springfield, NJ 07081-1786
  • Other Instructional Site
    Steinert High School Hamilton
    2900 Klockner Rd
    Hamilton, NJ 08690
  • Other Instructional Site
    Summit City School District
    14 Beekman Ter
    Summit, NJ 07901-2545
  • Other Instructional Site
    Union County College University Center at Scotch Plains
    1700 Raritan Road
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
  • Other Instructional Site
    Union Twp School District
    2369 Morris Ave
    Union, NJ 07083-5703
  • Other Instructional Site
    Watchung Hills Regional HS District
    108 Stirling Rd.
    Warren, NJ 07059
  • Other Instructional Site
    West New York School District
    6028 Broadway Ave
    West New York, NJ 07093-2808
  • Other Instructional Site
    Westfield School District
    302 Elm St
    Westfield, NJ 07090-3104
  • Other Instructional Site
    Woodbridge Twp School Dist.
    421 School St.
    Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0952

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