Statement of Accreditation Status

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

  • CEO: Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Carole Wells
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, medium, primarily residential
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1944
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Contact Information

15200 Kutztown Road
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730

(610) 683-4000

www.kutztown.edu/

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To delay the On-Site Follow-up 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 Follow-Up visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • January 3, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Post-Secondary Certificate (<1 year) in Geospatial-Information Technology Certificate within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note 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 2025-2026.
  • October 29, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-Secondary Certificate (<1 year) in Social Media Theory and Strategy within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note 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 2025-2026.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2020, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures, including but not limited to (1) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement in all programs, including general education, and communicate the results of this assessment to stakeholders (Standard V); (2) consideration and use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness and for reviewing and revising academic programs and support services (Standard V); and (3) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • October 29, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Wilson High School, 2601 Grandview Blvd, West Lawn, PA 19609 within 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 remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 21, 2018 to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard V Educational Effectiveness Assessment. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due March 1, 2019. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 21, 2018
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). 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, 2019 documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard V, including but not limited to (1) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement, (2) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness, and (3) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). A small team visit will follow 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 2025-2026.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Twin Valley School District, 4851 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson, PA 19520 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.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor - Professional Practice, Ed.D. in Transformational Teaching and Learning, within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of November 21, 2013 regarding the self-study in preparation for the 2017-2018 evaluation visit.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Social Work in Leadership and Education within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2017-2018, should document continued progress in the implementation of (1) an organized and sustainable assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standard 7) and (2) a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning that incorporates the use of direct evidence of student learning (Standard 14).
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. To request that the self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2017-2018, document continued progress in the implementation of (1) an organized and sustainable assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standard 7) and (2) a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning that incorporates the use of direct evidence of student learning (Standard 14).
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the PRR due, June 1, 2013, document further development and implementation of assessment processes for institutional effectiveness (Standard 7) and general education (Standard 12).
  • June 28, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Boyertown High School, 120 North Monroe St., Boyertown, PA 19512-1250 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) progress in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and the allocation of resources (Standard 7); (2) steps taken to strengthen institutional research capability to support institutional assessment activities and decision-making (Standard 7); (3) implementation of a documented assessment process for General Education (Standard 12); and (4) direct evidence of student achievement of General Education learning outcomes (Standard 12). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • May 5, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to note the institution's decision to close the additional locations at St. Joseph's Langan Center, 6th & Walnut Sts., Reading, PA 19603 and TEK Park, 999 Hamilton Blvd., Breiningsville, PA 18031 and to remove the locations from the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) progress in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7); (2) steps taken to strengthen institutional research capability to support institutional assessment activities and decision-making (Standard 7); (3) implementation of a documented assessment process for General Education (Standard 12); and (4) direct evidence of student achievement of General Education learning outcomes. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • 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)
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Additional Location
    Boyertown High School
    120 North Monroe Street
    Boyertown, PA 19512-1250
    Opened: 06/28/2011
  • Additional Location
    Twin Valley School District
    4851 N. Twin Valley Road
    Elverson, PA 19520
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    Wilson High School
    2601 Grandview Blvd
    West Lawn, PA 19609
    Opened: 01/22/2019
  • Other Instructional Site
    Allentown Area
    Allentown Area
    Allentown, PA 18104
  • Other Instructional Site
    Chincoteague Bay Field Station
    34001 Mill Dam Rd
    Wallops Island, VA 23337
  • Other Instructional Site
    Lehigh Valley Hospital
    1200 S Cedar Crest Blvd
    Allentown, PA 18103
  • Other Instructional Site
    Philadelphia Area
    Philadelphia Area
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Other Instructional Site
    Reading Area
    Reading Area
    Reading, PA 19611
  • Other Instructional Site
    Stoddartsville Archaeological Site
    34 Buck Maple Lane
    Blakeslee, PA 18610

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