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:
    Arcadia University
    Glenside, PA
  • Address:
    450 South Easton Road
    Glenside, PA 19038-3295
  • Phone:
    (215) 572-2900
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Sandra Crenshaw
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1946
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027

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:

  • 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:

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
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
Additional Location
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
Other Instructional Site

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 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.

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).