Statement of Accreditation Status
Villa Maria College of Buffalo
- CEO: Dr. Matthew Giordano, President
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Ryan Hartnett
- Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
- Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
- Control: Private (Non-Profit)
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1972
- Last Reaffirmation: 2018
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027
- February 17, 2022
To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within 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 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- June 21, 2018
To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023, the institution provide further evidence of (1) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI), (2) the assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard VI), and (3) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership and administration (Standard VII). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- November 21, 2013
To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
- July 2, 2012
To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the post-secondary certificate in Historic Preservation/Restoration within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
- 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 year) Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Historic Preservation/Restoration
- Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
- Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope