Statement of Accreditation Status

Dickinson College

  • CEO: Mr. John Jones, Interim President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Brenda Bretz
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

College and Louther Streets
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

(717) 243-5121

www.dickinson.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Master’s in Managing Complex Disasters within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or 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, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    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 2021-2022.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 2012
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting (1) further development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institution effectiveness (Standard 7) and (2) further development and implementation of an organized and sustained process to assess the achievement of student learning goals (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • 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 (2-4 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Public Health and Disasters
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Managing Complex Disasters

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