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:
    Sarah Lawrence College
    Bronxville, NY
  • Address:
    One Meadway
    Bronxville, NY 10708
  • Phone:
    (914) 337-0700
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mr. Thomas Blum
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1937
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:

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
Sarah Lawrence College at Oxford
Wadham College Parks Road Oxford, OX1 3PN ENGLAND
United Kingdom
Other Instructional Site
Sarah Lawrence College in Paris
Reid Hall 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006, Paris France
France
Other Instructional Site

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.

  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education 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 New York State Education Department (NYSED). To note that 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 2025-2026.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • 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 2025-2026.
  • February 20, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due May 1, 2020, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 22, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2018, documenting (1) further evidence of organized and systematic assessments which evaluate the extent of student achievement of institutional and program level goals and (2) that assessment results are used for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a progress report due April 1, 2015 documenting (1) steps taken to further improve the institution's short- and long-term financial viability including submission of updated cash and financial projections for the next five years. (Standard 3); (2) further evidence of the establishment of student learning outcomes at the institutional level, and evidence that student learning assessment results are being used to improve teaching and learning. (Standard 14) The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 21, 2013
    To note that the monitoring report due September 1, 2013 has been received. Following a small team visit, the monitoring report will be acted upon at the March 2014 Commission meeting. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • March 7, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the request for a monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3); (2) articulation of institutional learning outcomes, (3) implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of institutional student learning outcomes, including direct evidence of student learning, and (4) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3); (2) articulation of institutional learning outcomes, (3) implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of institutional student learning outcomes, including direct evidence of student learning, and (4) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-17.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).