Statement of Accreditation Status

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

  • CEO: Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. David Hartley
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, medium, primarily residential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Clarion State College (7/1/1983)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1948
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

840 Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214

(814) 393-2000

www.clarion.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 include the second Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Internal Audit Forensic Accounting 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.
  • January 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Somerset Educational Center, Founders Hall, 6022 Glades Run Pike, Somerset, PA 15501within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires 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 note that documentation of approval from Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing is required. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the focused report. To note that a focused team visit will not be conducted. To request that, in addition to the information requested in the Commission’s action of November 16, 2017, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution also provide further evidence of improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a focused report, due March 1, 2018, providing (1) further evidence that the institution’s resources are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals and (2) evidence of an independent audit confirming financial viability (Standard VI). A focused team visit may follow submission of the report. To further request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide further evidence of the use of assessment results from non-academic units for planning and resource allocation (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • March 5, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second Postsecondary Award/Certificate/Diploma (<1 year) (1. Certificate in Opioid Treatment, and 2. Certificate in Concussion Management) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a focused report, due March 1, 2018, providing (1) further evidence that the institution’s resources are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals and (2) evidence of an independent audit confirming financial viability (Standard VI). A focused team visit may follow submission of the report. To further request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide further evidence of the use of assessment results from non-academic units for planning and resource allocation (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangements with (1) Global Powerline Academy; (2) Ravotti Air, LLC; and (3) Susquehanna Health System (UPMC Susquehanna) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of June 26, 2014, regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2017.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with Great Lakes Institute of Technology and with Guthrie Health System Robert Packer Hospital within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of June 26, 2014, regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2017.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and to note that a visit will not be conducted. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document further implementation of a documented assessment process for general education (Standard 12).
  • January 27, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of state approval and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the progress report. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of State approval. To note that the progress report, due October 1, 2013 has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its meeting in November. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Butler County Community College, College Drive, Butler, PA 16003-1203 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. To remind the institution of a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 2012
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). To further request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning, including general education (Standards 12 and 14). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.
  • 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)
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Branch Campus
    Venango Campus
    West First St.
    Oil City, PA 16301
  • Additional Location
    Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit
    147 Poplar Drive
    Monaca, PA 15061
  • Additional Location
    Butler County Community College
    College Drive `
    Butler, PA 16003-1203
    Opened: 07/01/2013
  • Additional Location
    Cheney University Urban Education Center
    701 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Additional Location
    Dixon University Center
    2986 North Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Additional Location
    Elk/Cameron Community Education Council
    4 Erie Avenue Suite 2000
    Saint Mary's, PA 15857
  • Additional Location
    Lawrence County Learning Center
    131 Columbus Inner Belt
    New Castle, PA 16101
  • Additional Location
    Meadville Medical Center
    751 Liberty Street
    Meadville, PA 16335
  • Additional Location
    Penn Highlands Community College -- Ebensburg Education Center
    881 Hills Plaza Drive Suite 450
    Ebensburg, PA 15931
  • Additional Location
    Penn Highlands Community College -- Richland Campus
    101 Community College Way
    Johnstown, PA 15904
  • Additional Location
    Philadelphia Free Library
    1901 Vine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Additional Location
    Somerset Educational Center, Founders Hall
    6022 Glades Pike
    Somerset, PA 15501
    Opened: 08/26/2019
  • Additional Location
    West Penn School of Nursing
    4900 Friendship Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Additional Location
    Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7
    102 Equity Drive
    Greensburg, PA 15601

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