Statement of Accreditation Status

St. Francis College

  • CEO: Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Michele Hirsch
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1959
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027

Contact Information

179 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 522-2300

www.sfc.edu

  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation 9 and 10. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2022, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of (1) sufficient support to sustain the assessment of student achievement and to communicate results of assessment to stakeholders (Standard V) and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). A follow-up team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • December 2, 2021
    To note the commission liaison guidance visit occurred virtually on November 2-3, 2021. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the main campus to 181 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when the change is implemented. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the new main campus. 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. Upon reaffirmation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation 9 and 10. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To request a monitoring report, due December 1, 2021, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard V and Requirements of Affiliation 9 and 10, including but not limited to student learning programs that are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V and Requirements of Affiliation 9 and 10). To further request that the monitoring report demonstrate sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of (1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans to assure long-term financial stability (Standard VI) and (2) fiscal and human resources adequate to support its operations (Standard VI). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Childhood Education within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. 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 2026-2027.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of March 5, 2020 to warn that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 9, 10, and 11. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second alternative delivery method-distance education program (Master's of Science in Management) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. 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.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first alternative delivery method-distance education program (Bachelor's of Science in Exercise and Movement Science) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. 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. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • April 30, 2020
    To grant a delay of the monitoring report requested by the Commission action of March 5, 2020 and due September 1, 2020, because of extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The report is now due December 1, 2020. To direct a follow-up team visit following the submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of March 5, 2020 to warn that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 9, 10, and 11. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • 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. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 9, 10, and 11. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To request a monitoring report due September 1, 2020, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards V and VI, and Requirements of Affiliation 9, 10, and 11, including but not limited to (1) student learning programs that are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 9) and (2) planning processes, resources, and structures that are aligned with one another and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 10 and 11). To request a supplemental information report, due April 1, 2020, documenting the 2019 annual independent audit with management letter confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any cited concerns (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that the next self-study report, due in 2019-2020, document further development and documentation of an organized, systematic, and sustained process to assess the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including in general education, with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard V).
  • October 18, 2017
    To note that the institution has been granted a one-year delay in its self-study evaluation visit. The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2019-2020. To remind the institution that upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its regular eight-year accreditation cycle with an evaluation visit in 2026-2027.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the progress report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of a coherent program of general education that specifies clearly articulated outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning and that provides assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the Periodic Review Report , to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report process. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further development and implementation of a coherent program of general education that specifies clearly articulated outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning and that provides assessment results that are utilized for curricular improvement (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 15, 2012
    To commend the institution for progress to date. To accept the progress report. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2014, document further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning in general education and educational offerings (Standards 12 and 14).
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the post-baccalaureate certificate in Project Management within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of progress report, due October 1, 2012, documenting further evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning in all academic departments (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2012, documenting further evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning in all academic departments (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.
  • 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 (1-2 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

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