Statement of Accreditation Status
School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. David Rhodes, President
Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools » Four-year, medium, primarily residential
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Dr. Christopher Cyphers
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1978
- Last Reaffirmation: 2017
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
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)
- Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
- Master's Degree or Equivalent
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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.
- April 16, 2020To 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.
- July 3, 2017To note that the update and site visit regarding the Change in Ownership and Legal Status occurred during the Evaluation Team Visit.
- June 22, 2017To reaffirm accreditation. To acknowledge the institution’s participation in the Collaborative Implementation Project and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
- June 23, 2016To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To provisionally include the change in ownership, with the SVA Alumni Society as the new principal owner, within the scope on the institution's accreditation pending the following: (a) documentation of all necessary legal procedures required to ensure the conversion from for-profit to non-profit status; and (b) a site visit to occur within six months of the effective date of the completed change in ownership and legal status. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
- November 21, 2013To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
- November 15, 2012To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due by October 1, 2013, documenting (1) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional leadership (Standard 4); (2) statements of expected student learning outcomes at the program level made available to students (Standards 8 and 14); and (3) evidence that student learning assessment information is shared and discussed with appropriate constituents (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
- June 23, 2011To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.
Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations 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).