Statement of Accreditation Status
- CEO: Dr. Wendy Raymond, President
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Catherine Fennell
- Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, 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: 2021
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024
- The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
- April 29, 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
- March 4, 2021
To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
- April 16, 2020
To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
- 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 2019-2020.
- June 22, 2017
To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2019 - 2020, should provide further evidence of (1) the consideration and use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V), and (2) clearly documented and communicated planning and improvement processes that incorporate the use of assessment results (Standard VI).
- March 3, 2016
To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of November 19, 2015 for a monitoring report due April 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
- November 19, 2015
To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of (1) a comprehensive, organized and sustained institutional assessment process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services and to inform planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (2) an organized and sustained assessment process that provides direct evidence of the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including outcomes for general education and the senior thesis, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning at all levels of the curriculum (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
- 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:
- Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
- Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
- Other Instructional Site
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102