Statement of Accreditation Status

Saint Joseph’s Seminary

  • CEO: Rev. James Massa, Rector / Bishop
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Diane Lama
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1961
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Contact Information

201 Seminary Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704

(914) 968-6200

https://dunwoodie.edu/

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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 2023-2024.
  • January 3, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of written approvals from The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and New York State Education Department.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 additional location to John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 54 NY-138, Somers, NY 10589 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary including The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). 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.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the consultation with the Commission’s representatives. To remind the institution of the Commission action of June 22, 2017, requesting a monitoring report due April 1, 2018. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To document receipt of the progress report because it provided limited institutional responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2018, documenting (1) further implementation of the strategic plan that uses strategic priorities, performance measures, and assessment results to inform budgeting, planning, and resource allocation decisions and strengthen institutional effectiveness (Standards 2 and 7) and (2) further development and implementation of a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). To direct a prompt liaison guidance consultation to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • February 6, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval to operate from New York State Education Department and to include the additional location at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603, pending receipt of state approval. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 25, 2015, requesting a progress report due April 1, 2017. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, 131 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603 provisionally within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations and effective upon receipt of state approval. 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. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of the strategic plan that uses strategic priorities, performance measures, and assessment results to inform budgeting, planning, and resource allocation decisions and strengthen institutional effectiveness (Standards 2 and 7) and (2) further development and implementation of a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of the strategic plan that uses strategic priorities, performance measures, and assessment results to inform budgeting, planning, and resource allocation decisions and strengthen institutional effectiveness (Standards 2 and 7) and (2) further development and implementation of a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 26, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional locations at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11362 and Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • October 31, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional locations at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11362 and Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit to both locations within six months of commencing operations at the sites. 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.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for 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:

  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Additional Location
    Cathedral Seminary House of Formation
    7200 Douglaston Parkway
    Douglaston, NY 11362
    Opened: 09/01/2013
  • Additional Location
    John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
    54 NY-138
    Somers, NY 10589
    Opened: 09/09/2019
  • Additional Location
    Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
    440 West Neck Road
    Huntington, NY 11743
    Opened: 09/01/2013
  • Other Instructional Site
    St. Joseph's Seminary
    201 Seminary Avenue
    Yonkers, NY 10704

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