Statement of Accreditation Status

Pennsylvania State University, The

  • CEO: Dr. Eric Barron, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Lance Kennedy-Phillips
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity » Four-year, large, primarily residential
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Contact Information

201 Old Main Building
University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-4700

www.psu.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • August 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the branch campus at 150 South College Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 to an additional location within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when the change is implemented. 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 2023-2024.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested February 4, 2020. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action (Requirement of Affiliation 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • May 14, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 1, 2020 addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity; Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience; and Requirement of Affiliation 5. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • February 4, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due March 2, 2020, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity and Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • April 30, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at (1) Penn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112; and (2) Penn State at the Navy Yard,1101 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19112 as additional locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 26, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due February 16, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity) and Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience).
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the supplemental information report addressing the institution's voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the supplemental information report addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on the institution's compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • March 15, 2016
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due April 10, 2016, addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on the institution's compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards, specifically Standard 3 (Institutional Resources).
  • January 15, 2016
    To request a supplemental information report, due February 12, 2016, addressing the institution's voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (3) review of the enrollment management plan for recruitment, retention, marketing, and advertising, particularly with respect to the enrollment of under-represented students, consistent with the institution's priorities and values (Standard 8); (4) further implementation of the assessment of general education outcomes within the institution's overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are utilized for curricular improvement (Standards 12 and 14); and (5) further evidence of articulated student knowledge, skills, and competency levels within existing certificate programs (Standard 13). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • March 6, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission's representatives, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2013, documenting (1) the impact on the University budget and the identification of sources of funding to cover the requirements of (a) the report of the U.S. Department of Education regarding the University's compliance with the Clery Act and associated penalties; (b) updated estimates of the projected costs and liabilities associated with related litigation and the implementation of the Freeh Report recommendations and the NCAA Consent Decree requirements; and (c) the recommendations that are articulated in the report of the external monitor called for by Recommendation 8.3 of the Freeh Report (Standard 3); and (2) developments associated with the revision of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees to accommodate (a) the expanded involvement of faculty, staff, and students on Board committees and (b) the dual reporting accountability to both the Board and the President of key positions, including that of the General Counsel and the Directors of Internal Audit and Compliance (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • August 6, 2012
    To warn the institution that its accreditation is in jeopardy based on information contained in the institutionally commissioned Report of the Special Investigative Counsel (Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, July 12, 2012) and the Binding Consent Decree Imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Accepted by the Pennsylvania State University (July 23, 2013) and insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation 5 (compliance with all applicable government policies, regulations, and requirements) and 9 (institution’s governing body responsibility for the quality and integrity of the institution, for ensuring that the institution’s mission is being carried out, and for making freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations) and with Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 6 (Integrity). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report due by September 30, 2012 documenting steps that have been taken and are planned to ensure the institution’s full compliance with Requirements of Affiliation 5 and 9 as well as Accreditation Standards 4 and 6. In addition, to request that the monitoring report also address Accreditation Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) with regard to the institution’s capacity and plans for addressing financial obligations that will or may result from the investigation and related settlements, etc. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further significant related developments, including the provision of copies of any and all relevant external reports. The due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the progress report. To remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further developments that may result in changes in mission, programs, personnel, and/or budget arising from the institution's investigation or that may result in a change of status with external oversight bodies, such as the NCAA, and to request that the institution provide to the Commission copies of all relevant reports from its investigation or to its external oversight bodies. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the Commission-requested information report, to remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further developments that may result in changes in mission, programs, personnel and/or budget arising from the institution’s investigation or that may result in a change of status with external oversight bodies, such as the NCAA, and to request that the institution provide to the Commission copies of all relevant reports from its investigation or to its external oversight bodies. To further remind the institution of the progress report due by April 1, 2012 documenting evidence of further progress in: (1) the establishment of learning goals at the program level in all programs; and (2) the use of appropriate assessment of the attainment of learning goals at the program level, including use of direct measures of the assessment of student learning and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report due by April 1, 2012 documenting evidence of further progress in: (1) the establishment of learning goals at the program level in all programs; and (2) the use of appropriate assessment of the attainment of learning goals at the program level, including use of direct measures of the assessment of student learning and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • 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)
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship
  • Branch Campus
    Penn State College of Medicine
    The Milton S. Hershey Med. Center PO Box 850, 500 University Dr
    Hershey, PA 17033
    OPEID: 00332901
  • Additional Location
    Dickinson Law
    150 South College Street
    Carlisle, PA 17013
    OPEID: 00332922
    Opened: 08/31/2020
  • Additional Location
    Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
    30 E. Swedesford Road
    Malvern, PA 19355-1488
    OPEID: 00332919
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Abington
    1600 Woodland Road
    Abington, PA 19001
    OPEID: 00332913
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Altoona
    3000 Ivyside Park
    Altoona, PA 16601
    OPEID: 00332903
  • Additional Location
    Penn State at the Navy Yard
    1101 Kitty Hawk Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19112
    Opened: 04/30/2018
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Beaver
    100 University Drive
    Monaca, PA 15061
    OPEID: 00332904
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Berks
    PO Box 7009 Tulpehocken Road
    Reading, PA 19610
    OPEID: 00332906
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Brandywine
    25 Yearsley Mill Road
    Media, PA 19063
    OPEID: 00332921
  • Additional Location
    Penn State DuBois
    1 College Place
    DuBois, PA 15801
    OPEID: 00332907
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
    4701 College Drive
    Erie, PA 16563
    OPEID: 00332905
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
    2201 University Drive
    Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
    OPEID: 00332908
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Greater Allegheny
    4000 University Drive
    McKeesport, PA 15132
    OPEID: 00332910
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Harrisburg
    777 West Harrisburg Pike
    Middletown, PA 17057
    OPEID: 00332920
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Hazleton
    76 University Drive
    Hazleton, PA 18202
    OPEID: 00332909
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Lehigh Valley
    2809 Saucon Valley Road
    Center Valley, PA 18034
    OPEID: 00332902
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Mont Alto
    1 Campus Drive
    Mont Alto, PA 17237
    OPEID: 00332911
  • Additional Location
    Penn State New Kensington
    3550 Seventh Street Road
    New Kensington, PA 15068
    OPEID: 00332912
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Schuylkill
    200 University Drive
    Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
    OPEID: 00332914
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Scranton
    120 Ridge View Drive
    Dunmore, PA 18512
    OPEID: 00332915
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Shenango
    147 Shenango Avenue
    Sharon, PA 16146
    OPEID: 00332916
  • Additional Location
    Penn State Wilkes-Barre
    Old Route 115 PO Box PSU
    Lehman, PA 18627
    OPEID: 00332917
  • Additional Location
    Penn State York
    1031 Edgecomb Avenue
    York, PA 17403-3326
    OPEID: 00332918
  • Other Instructional Site
    Aria Health Systems
    10800 Knights Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19114
  • Other Instructional Site
    ARIA-SON
    3 Neshaminy Interplex
    Trevose, PA 19053
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bryn Mawr
    1773 600 North Ithan Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
  • Other Instructional Site
    Carlisle High School
    23 West Penn Street
    Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Other Instructional Site
    Chester
    1 University PL
    Chester, PA 19013
  • Other Instructional Site
    Chubb Center
    800 Ridge Pike
    Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
  • Other Instructional Site
    Cranberry Township (RLA)
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive Suite 2236
    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
  • Other Instructional Site
    Gettysburg
    147 Gettys Street
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • Other Instructional Site
    Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center
    1500 4th Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16602
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hanover
    300 Highland Avenue
    Hanover, PA 17331
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences
    40 Azalea Road
    Drums, PA 18222
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hazleton Area High School
    1601 W 23rd St
    Hazelton, PA 18202
  • Other Instructional Site
    Hershey Medical Center
    500 University Drive
    Hershey, PA 17033
  • Other Instructional Site
    James Buchanan High School
    4773 Fort Loudon Road
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
  • Other Instructional Site
    JLG Industries
    1 JLG Drive
    McConnellsburg, PA 17233
  • Other Instructional Site
    Kraft
    50 New Commerce Blvd
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18762
  • Other Instructional Site
    Malvern
    30 E. Swedesford Road
    Malvern, PA 19355
  • Other Instructional Site
    Monongahela Valley Hospital
    1163 Country Club Road, 4th floor
    Monongahela, PA 15063
  • Other Instructional Site
    Mount Nittany Medical Center
    1850 East Park Avenue
    State College, PA 16803
  • Other Instructional Site
    Penn State Center - Engaging Pittsburg
    1435 Bedford Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Other Instructional Site
    Sallie Mae
    220 Lasley Avenue
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
  • Other Instructional Site
    Shady Grove
    1565 Buchanan Drive
    Shady Grove, PA 17256
  • Other Instructional Site
    Shaver's Creek
    3400 Discovery Road
    Petersburg, PA 16669
  • Other Instructional Site
    Shippensburg (JLG)
    560 Walnut Bottom Road
    Shippensburg, PA 17257
  • Other Instructional Site
    St. Vincent Health Center
    232 W. 25th St.
    Erie, PA 16544
  • Other Instructional Site
    The Penn State Center at Overlook Park
    445 Hanover Avenue
    Allentown, PA 18109
  • Other Instructional Site
    Towanda
    1 Elizabeth St.
    Towanda, PA 18848
  • Other Instructional Site
    Uniontown Hospital
    500 West Berkeley Street Education Center
    Uniontown, PA 15401
  • Other Instructional Site
    West Chester
    700 S. High Street
    West Chester, PA 19383
  • Other Instructional Site
    Westmoreland Community College
    145 Pavilion Lane
    Youngwood, PA 15697
  • Other Instructional Site
    Wilkes-Barre
    24 E. Northampton Street
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
  • Other Instructional Site
    Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
    1111 East End Boulevard
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
  • Other Instructional Site
    Williamsport
    1020 Commerce Park Drive Water Tower Square Complex
    Williamsport, PA 17701

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