Statement of Accreditation Status

Houghton University

  • CEO: Dr. Wayne Lewis, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Ann Monroe-Baillargeon
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, very small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Houghton College (prior to 7/11/2022)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1935
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024

Contact Information

One Willard Ave. P.O. Box 128
Houghton, NY 14744

(585) 567-9200

www.houghton.edu

  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 170 Kerns Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211 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 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.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Houghton College at Bethel AME, 1525 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 additional location to Houghton College East Side, King Urban Life Center, 938 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences and of the date that instruction at the former additional location ceases. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Houghton College Buffalo, Hope House, 660 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210 additional location to Houghton College Buffalo: Hope House, 170 Kerns Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences and of the date that instruction at the former additional location ceases. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Houghton College at Bethel AME, 1525 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at each location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To affirm inclusion of the additional locations at (1) Houghton College Buffalo Hope House, 660 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210; and (2) Houghton College Utica, 7 Rutger Park, Utica, NY 13501-3000 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional locations at (1) Houghton College Buffalo, Hope House, 660 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210; and (2) Houghton College Utica, 7 Rutger Park, Utica, NY 13501-3000 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at one of these locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Associate in Applied Science Degree in Christian Ministries and the online Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 25, 2015 for a progress report due October 1, 2016. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation and request a progress report, due October 1, 2016, documenting evidence of (1) an assessment of the governing board focusing on well-defined roles, boundaries, structures, duties, responsibilities and best practices (Standard 4); and (2) educational offerings, delivered through distance education and at other locations, that are consistent with mission, provide appropriate support, and meet standards for quality, rigor, and effectiveness comparable to those of other instructional offerings (Standard 13). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • March 5, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional locations at (1) First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201; and (2) The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville, NY 14068 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • June 24, 2014
    To note that state approval for the additional location at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201 was not necessary. To also note that the location is provisionally included within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 Crosspoint Parkway, Getzville, NY 14068 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. 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.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional location at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201 within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of State approval and pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at this 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.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm 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:

  • 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
    Houghton College Buffalo
    1 Symphony Circle
    Buffalo, NY 14201
    Opened: 09/03/2014
  • Additional Location
    Houghton College East Side
    King Urban Life Center, 938 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY 14211
    Opened: 09/03/2019
  • Additional Location
    Houghton College Utica
    7 Rutger Park
    Utica, NY 13501-3000
    Opened: 08/28/2017
  • Additional Location
    The Chapel at CrossPoint
    500 CrossPoint Parkway
    Getzville, NY 14068
    Opened: 09/01/2014
  • Other Instructional Site
    Arctic Studies in Alaska
    200 College Rd.
    Glennallen, AK 99588
  • Other Instructional Site
    Houghton East Africa
    c/o Shel and Kym Arensen, PO Box 2338, Naivasha, Kenya 20117
    Naivasha, Kenya
  • Other Instructional Site
    Houghton in London
    20-26 Aberdeen Park, Highbury, London, N5 2BJ
    United Kingdom

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