Statement of Accreditation Status

Arcadia University

  • CEO: Dr. Ajay Nair, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Sandra Crenshaw
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Beaver College (7/1/2001)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1946
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027

Contact Information

450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038-3295

(215) 572-2900

www.arcadia.edu

  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To request that, beginning in 2022 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023, the institution provide further evidence of periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, institutional renewal, and availability of resources (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 10. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2021, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, institutional renewal, and availability of resources (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 21, 2019
    To note the commission liaison guidance visit occurred on August 1, 2019. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 27, 2019 for a monitoring report due March 1, 2020. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 10. 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 two years. To request a monitoring report due, March 1, 2020, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 10, including but not limited to (1) clearly documented and communicated planning and improvement processes that provide for constituent participation, (2) clearly stated institutional and unit-level objectives that are linked to mission, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results and are used for resource allocation, and (3) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal. To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. 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 2026-2027.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Global Pathways Institute, Solitaire Western Express Hwy, Thakur Village, Kandivali East, Mumbai, India 400 101, India. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at Aventis School of Management, 100 Orchard Street, #04-100 Concorde Hotel, Singapore. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Parkview Tower, 700 Parkview Tower, 1150 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19046. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the contractual agreement with Global Pathways Institute in Mumbai, India within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Global Pathways Institute, Gundecha Solitaire, Western Express Highway, Thakur Village, Kandivali East, Mumbai, India 400 101 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this site. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted on at the November Commission meeting.
  • March 5, 2014
    To note that approval for the additional location at Danubius University of Galati, Romania, B-dul Galati nr.3, 800654 Galati, Romania the has lapsed and to remove the site from the institution's accreditation.
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Danubius University of Galati, Romania, B-dul Galati nr.3, 800654 Galati, Romania within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this site. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due by June 1, 2014, should document progress in the development and implementation of an administrative structure to more effectively meet its institutional mission, including oversight of the international sites (Standard 5).
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the progress report and to remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due by June 1, 2014, should document progress in the development and implementation of an administrative structure to more effectively meet its institutional mission, including oversight of the international sites (Standard 5).
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the following post-secondary certificate programs within the scope of the institution's accreditation: Mediterranean Studies, African Studies, and Celtic Connections. To remind the institution of the progress report, due by April 1, 2012, documenting (1) assessment of student learning outcomes in the Master of Business Administration degree program at the American Graduate School of Business and Economics (Standard 14); and (2) evidence that direct methods of assessment of student learning in all academic programs is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To further remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due by June 1, 2014, should document progress in the development and implementation of an administrative structure to more effectively meet its institutional mission, including oversight of the international sites (Standard 5).
  • June 23, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due by April 1, 2012, documenting (1) assessment of student learning outcomes in the Master of Business Administration degree program at the American Graduate School of Business and Economics (Standard 14); and (2) evidence that direct methods of assessment of student learning in all academic programs is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due by June 1, 2014, should document progress in the development and implementation of an administrative structure to more effectively meet its institutional mission, including oversight of the international sites (Standard 5).
  • May 5, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the contractual agreement with ESI International within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the monitoring report, due April 1, 2011, will be acted upon at the June 2011 Commission meeting. To further remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due by June 1, 2014, should document progress in the development and implementation of an administrative structure to more effectively meet its institutional mission, including oversight of the international sites (Standard 5).
  • April 4, 2011
    To note that effective November 4, 2009, The American Graduate School of Business and Economics and The American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy have consolidated into one entity named The American Graduate School of Paris at the previously approved international address at 101 blvd. Raspail, Paris 75006, France.
  • 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:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Christiana Campus
    111 Continental Drive Suite 101
    Newark, DE 19713
  • Additional Location
    Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation
    2300 Stratford Avenue
    Willow Grove, PA 19090
  • Additional Location
    The American Graduate School in Paris
    101 blvd. Raspail Paris 75006
    France
    Opened: 11/03/2009
  • Other Instructional Site
    Academy at Palumbo
    1100 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bishop McDevitt High School
    125 Royal Avenue
    Wyncote, PA 19095
  • Other Instructional Site
    Franklin Learning Center - dual enrollment
    616 N. 15th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hill Freedman World Academy
    6501 Limekiln Pike
    Philadelphia, PA 19138
  • Other Instructional Site
    Lansdale Catholic High School
    700 Lansdale Avenue
    Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Other Instructional Site
    Parkway Northwest High School
    6200 Crittenden Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19138
  • Other Instructional Site
    Philadelphia High School for Girls
    1400 West Olney Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • Other Instructional Site
    Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
    5925 Malvern Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Other Instructional Site
    Springford Area School District Senior HS
    350 S. Lewis Road
    Royersford, PA 19468
  • Other Instructional Site
    The U School
    2000 North 7th St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

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