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:
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
    Kutztown, PA
  • Address:
    15200 Kutztown Road
    Kutztown, PA 19530-0730
  • Phone:
    (610) 683-4000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Karen Rauch
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1944
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

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:
  • 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:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice 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
Boyertown High School
120 North Monroe Street
Boyertown, PA 19512-1250
Additional Location
Twin Valley School District
4851 N. Twin Valley Road
Elverson, PA 19520
Additional Location
Wilson High School
2601 Grandview Blvd
West Lawn, PA 19609
Additional Location
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
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.

  • March 4, 2021
    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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • 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).

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations 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).