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:
    American Academy of Dramatic Arts
    New York, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Ms. Susan Zech, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Two-Year: Arts & Design » Two-year, very small
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    120 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
  • Phone:
    (212) 686-9244
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Cecily Hall
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1983
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020-2021
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

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)
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 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
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, CA
1336 North LaBrea Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Branch Campus

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 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To recognize the institution for progress to date and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission's representative, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report due by April 1, 2013 documenting further progress in the implementation of a comprehensive sustained process for assessing student learning, including evidence that learning outcomes results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2016.
  • March 3, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that the Commission has warned the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 4 (Governance), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note that the monitoring report due March 1, 2011 and the small team visit that follows will be acted upon by the Commission at its June 2011 meeting. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.

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).