Statement of Accreditation Status

Alvernia University

  • CEO: Mr. John Loyack, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Evelina Panayotova
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, small, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Alvernia College (9/24/2008)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1967
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2021

Contact Information

400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607

(610) 796-8200

www.alvernia.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Luzerne County Community College - Shamokin Center, 133 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA 17872. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Cardinal Keeler Center, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Easton Area High School, 2601 William Penn Hwy, Easton, PA 18045. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Harcum College, 750 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Solanco School District, 121 South Hess Street, Quarryville, PA 17566. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Penn Manor High School, 100 East College Avenue, Millersville, PA 17551. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at KidsPeace, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, Orefield, PA 18069. 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.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., Spring Ridge Complex 1 Meridian Blvd., Suite 3C-1, Wyomissing, PA 19610. 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 2024-2025.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments that impact the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • December 5, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due March 1, 2019, addressing the recent decision by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 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.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • September 8, 2016
    To rescind the substantive change action of August 29, 2016. To note the institution's decision to not operate the site at Reading School District, 215 N. 12th Street, Reading, PA 19604 as an additional location.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Reading School District, 215 N. 12th Street, Reading, PA 19604 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. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of August 31, 2015 for a progress report due October 1, 2016. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location at the Philadelphia Police Academy from 8501 State Road, Philadelphia, PA 19136 to 2838 Woodhaven Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 and to include the additional location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at this additional location and the closure of the other 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. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of August 31, 2015 for a progress report due October 1, 2016. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due October 1, 2016, documenting the implementation of (1) steps taken to strengthen the institution's short and long-term financial viability (Standard 3) and (2) a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of student learning and overall institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and allocating resources (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • July 28, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and to include the Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2016, further documenting the implementation of (1) steps taken to strengthen the institution's short and long-term financial viability (Standard 3) and (2) a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of student learning and overall institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and allocating resources (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • March 3, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending approval by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Green Hill's Corporate Center, 2675 Morgantown Road, Reading, PA 19607 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations. 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional sites at: (1) Philadelphia Police Academy, 8501 State Road, Philadelphia, PA 19136; and (2) Montgomery County Community College- University Center, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464, as additional locations and to include the locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online RN-BSN program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report, and to indicate that a small team visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2011, documenting (1) full implementation of processes to assess program-level and general education student learning outcomes (Standards 12 and 14), (2) evidence of faculty leadership in the assessment of student learning (Standard 14), and (3) further use of systematic student learning assessment results to improve teaching and learning and inform planning and budget decisions (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • 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:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level:
  • Additional Location
    Caron Foundation
    233 N. Galen Hill Road
    Wernersville, PA 19565
  • Additional Location
    Cressona Mall (Suite 6190)
    1544 Route 61 Highway South
    Pottsville, PA 17929
    Opened: 11/04/2009
  • Additional Location
    First Energy Corp
    2800 Pottsville Pike
    Reading, PA 19609
    Opened: 11/04/2009
  • Additional Location
    Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
    700 East Norwegian Street
    Pottsville, PA 17901
  • Additional Location
    Green Hill's Corporate Center
    2675 Morgantown Road
    Reading, PA 19607
    Opened: 10/28/2013
  • Additional Location
    Harrisburg Area Community College - Lebanon Campus
    735 Cumberland Street
    Lebanon, PA 17042
  • Additional Location
    Montgomery County Community College - University Center
    101 College Drive
    Pottstown, PA 19464
    Opened: 09/03/2013
  • Additional Location
    Philadelphia Center
    1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
    Melrose Park, PA 19207
  • Additional Location
    Philadelphia Police Academy
    2838 Woodhaven Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
  • Additional Location
    Reading Hospital and Medical Center
    6th & Spruce Streets
    West Reading, PA 19611
  • Additional Location
    St. Joseph's Medical Center
    2500 Bernville Road
    Reading, PA 19605
  • Other Instructional Site
    Reading School District
    215 N. 12th Street
    Reading, PA 19604

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