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:
    Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
    Bryn Athyn, PA
  • Address:
    P. O. Box 717 2965 College Drive
    Bryn Athyn, PA 19009-0717
  • Phone:
    (267) 502-2400
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mr. Kai Howard
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

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:

  • 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:

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

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.

  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study 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 warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard I (Mission and Goals) and VII (Governance, Leadership, and Administration). 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 March 1, 2023, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards I and VII, including but not limited to (1) how its mission is linked to institutional goals and how such linkages guide institutional stakeholders in planning and decision making (Standard I) and (2) a governance structure that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that benefits the institution, its students and the constituencies it serves (Standard VII). To request that the monitoring report also provide further evidence documenting (1) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V); (2) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness (Standard V); (3) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI); and (4) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate institutional effectiveness (Standard VI). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To note the visit may also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. 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 2029-2030.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second alternative delivery method-distance education program (Master of Arts in Religious Studies) within the institution's scope of accreditation. 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 2021-2022.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Language-Based Learning Disability & Intervention Studies within the institution's scope of accreditation. 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 2021-2022.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first alternative delivery method-distance education program (MS in Special Education with Literacy Concentration) within the institution's scope of accreditation. 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 2021-2022.
  • March 14, 2019
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide further evidence of adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure, to support operations (Standard VI).
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • June 27, 2013
    To reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for progress to date and for the quality of the self study process. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2014, documenting further development of (1) a comprehensive financial contingency plan (Standard 3); (2) a faculty handbook approved by the college and the board of trustees (Standard 4); (3) a detailed and comprehensive assessment plan, including student learning and performance outcomes, for all academic support, advisement, and student life services and programs (Standard 9). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the next evaluation visit in 2012-2013, document and evaluate (1) the final position descriptions of the Vice Chancellor and Treasurer of the Board (Standard 4), (2) implementation of the Faculty Council (Standard 4), and (3) the appointment of a chief financial officer for the College (Standard 5). To remind the institution of the Commission's request that the self-study document ongoing implementation of organized and sustained processes to assess institutional, program-level, and general education goals, including direct evidence of student learning (Standards 7 and 14).
  • June 23, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standards 4 (Leadership & Governance) and 5 (Administration), and that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2011, documenting compliance with these standards, and that it should include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of (1) an empowering document delineating the authority and duties of the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (2) board by-laws that clearly assign appropriate authority for policy development and decision making to the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (3) that the Theological School is brought entirely under the authority of the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (4) an authorized and operative Faculty Council (Standard 4), and (5) clear position descriptions and stated responsibilities of key officers of the Academy of the New Church, the president of the college, and key leaders of the college (Standard 5). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit remains scheduled for 2012-2013, pending Commission reaffirmation of accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request that the self-study, in preparation for the next evaluation visit, document ongoing implementation of organized and sustained processes to assess institutional, program-level, and general education goals, including direct evidence of student learning (Standards 7 and 14).
  • March 3, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report, and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standards 4 (Leadership & Governance) and 5 (Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2011, documenting compliance with these standards. To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of (1) an empowering document delineating the authority and duties of the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (2) board by-laws that clearly assign appropriate authority for policy development and decision making to the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (3) that the Theological School is brought entirely under the authority of the president of the college (Standards 4 and 5), (4) an authorized and operative Faculty Council (Standard 4), and (5) clear position descriptions and stated responsibilities of key officers of the Academy of the New Church, the president of the college, and key leaders of the college (Standard 5). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct an immediate Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations. The next evaluation visit remains scheduled for 2012-2013, pending Commission reaffirmation of accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request that the self-study, in preparation for the next evaluation visit, document ongoing implementation of organized and sustained processes to assess institutional, program-level, and general education goals, including direct evidence of student learning (Standards 7 and 14).

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).