Statement of Accreditation Status

DeSales University

  • CEO: Rev. James Greenfield, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Sue McGorry
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Professional Universities » Four-year, small, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (1/1/2001)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1970
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

Contact Information

2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568

(610) 282-1100

www.desales.edu

  • February 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Pfizer, Inc., 500 Arcola Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from 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.
  • February 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Pocono Medical Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from 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 2025-2026.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 2, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 4, 2021, addressing the recent action by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); and Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Lansdale Campus, 815 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. 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.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Bethlehem Area Campus, 3001 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. 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 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 2022, the institution provide further evidence of (1) policies and practice related to respect for intellectual property rights (Standard II), (2) general education program that offers a sufficient scope to draw students into new areas of intellectual experience, and periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting general education (Standard III), (3) sustained assessment of student achievement and communication of results to stakeholders, and use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V), and (4) planning and improvement processes that incorporate assessment results and a financial planning and budgeting process that is clearly linked to institution's strategic plan (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Maji ya Chai, Arusha Tanzania within the scope of the institution's accreditation. 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.
  • March 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • December 19, 2013
    To request, in lieu of the progress report requested in the Commission's action of November 21, 2013, a progress report, due October 1, 2014, documenting evidence that the new plan for the continuing assessment of the general education core curriculum (1) specifies clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and (2) provides assessment results that are utilized to improve teaching and learning. (Standard 12) The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2014 documenting evidence that the new general education program (1) specifies clearly articulated general education outcomes that are assessed in an organized, systematic, and sustainable manner, consistent with the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and (2) provides assessment results that are utilized to improve teaching and learning. (Standard 12) The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to approve the reclassification of the instructional sites at (1) Dorman Products, Inc., 3400 East Walnut Street, Colmar, PA 18915; and (2) Pfizer, Inc., 500 Arcola Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426 as additional locations, and to include the locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2013 has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its meeting in November.
  • July 6, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of state approval and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Clinical Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge the substantive change request, to note the institution's decision to close its additional location at 100 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446, and to include the additional location at 815 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446 within the scope of its accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at this additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that this approval is not retroactive. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2013, provide evidence of the implementation of a documented process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in this degree program (Standard 14).
  • March 3, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Clinical Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of state approval. To request that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2013, provide evidence of the implementation of a documented process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in this degree program (Standard 14).
  • 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
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) 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
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope
  • Additional Location
    815 Sumneytown Pike
    815 Sumneytown Pike
    Lansdale, PA 19446
    Opened: 08/30/2011
  • Additional Location
    DeSales Institute of Philosophy and Religion
    Bangalore
    India
  • Additional Location
    Dorman Products, Inc.
    3400 East Walnut Street
    Colmar, PA 18915
    Opened: 07/01/2013
  • Additional Location
    Immaculata University
    1145 King Road
    Immaculata, PA 19345
    Opened: 08/30/2010
  • Additional Location
    Lehigh Valley Health Network
    Cedar Crest Ave. & I-78
    Allentown, PA 18105-1556
  • Additional Location
    Maji ya Chai
    Arusha
    Tanzania, United Republic of
    Opened: 06/15/2015
  • Other Instructional Site
    Allentown Central Catholic High School
    301 N 4th Street
    Allentown, PA 18102
  • Other Instructional Site
    Father Judge High School
    3301 Solly Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19136
  • Other Instructional Site
    Saint Francis DeSales High School
    2323 W. Bancroft Street
    Toledo, OH 43607
  • Other Instructional Site
    Universidad Peruna de Ciencias Aplicadas
    EPE Office Prolongacion Primavera 2390 Monterrico, Lima, Peru
    Peru

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