Statement of Accreditation Status

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

  • CEO: Dr. David Esterline, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Barbara Blodgett
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1970
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2027

Contact Information

616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 362-5610

www.pts.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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 2022-2023.
  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept progress report. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • October 31, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (Church Planting and Revitalization) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of June 23, 2016 for a progress report due October 1, 2017. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has sustained compliance with Standard 7 and Standard 14 through further implementation of its assessment cycles including, but not limited to, documentation of the use of assessment results across the institution to inform institutional improvement and renewal (Standard 7) and the use of direct evidence that demonstrates student achievement of institutional and program learning outcomes (Standard 14). The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Urban Ministry within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 25, 2015 warning the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that that institution remains accredited while on warning. To note that the monitoring report due March 1, 2016 has been received, the small team visit has occurred and will be acted on by the Commission at the June meeting.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 25, 2015 warning the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that that institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due March 1, 2016. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that that institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2016, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 and Standard 14, including but not limited to, documentation of (1) a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness that includes clear and realistic guidelines, a timetable, oversight and responsibility, and evidence that assessment information is used across the institution to inform budget, planning, and resource allocation decisions for institutional renewal (Standard 7); and (2) a comprehensive, organized, and sustained assessment process that assesses the achievement of student learning outcomes in all academic programs and uses multiple measures of sufficient quality to provide direct evidence of student achievement of key institutional and program learning outcomes (Standard 14). 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. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 6, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation and to request a monitoring report due by March 1, 2015 documenting (1) additional evidence of an organized and sustainable assessment process to improve institutional effectiveness, including evidence that assessment information is used a)to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals and b)in budgeting, planning and resource allocation to gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7) and (2) additional evidence of an organized and sustainable process to assess achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To also request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2019 further document evidence (1) that statements of expected student learning outcomes and information on institution-wide assessment results, as appropriate to the program offered, are available to prospective students (Standard 8); (2) of written records of student complaints or grievances (Standard 9).
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • November 17, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional location at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report due December 1, 2011, documenting (1) use of appropriate assessments of the attainment of learning goals at the program level and (2) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due December 1, 2011, documenting (1) use of appropriate assessments of the attainment of learning goals at the program level and (2) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for 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:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Additional Location
    Eckerd College
    4200 54th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33711
    Opened: 05/05/2010
  • Additional Location
    Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
    25150 North Pima Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Opened: 01/05/2010
  • Other Instructional Site
    Antiochian Village (House of Studies)
    201 St Ignatius Tri
    Boliver, PA 15923
  • Other Instructional Site
    Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
    2421 Ashley River Rd
    Charleston, SC 29414
  • Other Instructional Site
    University of Edinburgh
    New College Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LX
    United Kingdom

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