Statement of Accreditation Status

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, The

  • Phase: Formerly Accredited
  • Status: Merged/Consolidated/Acquired
  • Accreditation Granted: April 23, 1971

Contact Information

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

(215) 248-4616

www.ltsp.edu

  • March 2, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request, and effective July 1, 2017, to note the institution's decision to merge with Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA, 17325, to become United Lutheran Seminary. The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's campus will become an additional location of United Lutheran Seminary. To approve the teach-out plan with Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg and to note the transfer of all student records, programs, and services. Accreditation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will cease on July 1, 2017.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Divinity degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting (1) implementation of the 2015 institutional plan (Standard 2); (2) further evidence that the results of the assessment of institutional effectiveness are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal (Standard 7); and (3) evidence that the results of the assessment of student learning outcomes are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting (1) implementation of the 2015 institutional plan (Standard 2); (2) further evidence that the results of the assessment of institutional effectiveness are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal (Standard 7); and (3) evidence that the results of the assessment of student learning outcomes are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • March 6, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To request that the progress report previously requested by the Commission, due October 1, 2014, documenting the further implementation of the comprehensive plans for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7) and student learning outcomes (Standard 14), including the use of assessment results to inform planning and budgeting and teaching and learning, also document the results of efforts to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal), 3 (Institutional Resources), 4 (Leadership and Governance), and 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request a progress report, due December 1, 2013, documenting steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances, including evidence of the impact of enrollment on the budget and the strategic planning process, and a status report on cash flow (Standard 3). To request a progress report, due October 1, 2014, documenting the further implementation of the comprehensive plans for the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standard 7) and student learning outcomes (Standard 14), including the use of assessment results to inform planning and budgeting and teaching and learning. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
  • November 15, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal), 3 (Institutional Resources), 4 (Leadership and Governance), and 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2, 3, 4, and 7. To request that the report include but not be limited to evidence of (1) implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2 and Standard 3), (2) steps taken to strengthen shared governance, including improved communication and clarification of roles and responsibilities in shared governance (Standard 4); and (3) development and implementation of a documented, organized and sustained process for the assessment of the overall effectiveness of the institution in achieving its mission and goals, including the use of assessment results to improve planning and budgeting (Standard 7). To further request that the report document (4) development and implementation of an organized, comprehensive, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes for all programs, including the use of assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 28, 2012
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal), 3 (Institutional Resources), 4 (Leadership and Governance), and 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2, 3, 4, and 7. To request that the report include but not be limited to evidence of (1) implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2 and Standard 3), (2) steps taken to strengthen shared governance, including improved communication and clarification of roles and responsibilities in shared governance (Standard 4); and (3) development and implementation of a documented, organized and sustained process for the assessment of the overall effectiveness of the institution in achieving its mission and goals, including the use of assessment results to improve planning and budgeting (Standard 7). To request that the monitoring report also document (4) development and implementation of an organized, comprehensive, and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes for all programs, including the use of assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations for reporting. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.