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:
    Point Park University
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Address:
    201 Wood Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Phone:
    (412) 391-4100
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mr. Christopher Choncek
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1968
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

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:
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent 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:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Superintendents Letter of Eligibility
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical-Community Psychology
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship 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
Butler County C.C./Cranberry Branch
250 Executive Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Additional Location
Canon-McMillan High School
314 Elm Street
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Additional Location
District Attorney''s Training Center
500 Amity Street
Homestead, PA 15120
Additional Location
ERT
225 West Station Square Drive Suite 220
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Additional Location
Franklin Regional High School
3200 School Road
Murrysville, PA 15668
Additional Location
GAI Consultants
385 E. Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120
Additional Location
Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Additional Location
Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Additional Location
Seneca Valley Senior High School
128 Seneca School Road
Harmony, PA 16037
Additional Location
US Steel Corporation Mon Valley Works Training Hub
RIDC River Place Industrial Park 1 South Linden Street
Duquesne, PA 15110
Additional Location
Shady Lane School
101 North Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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.

  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • April 30, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-Master’s Certificate in Superintendents Letter of Eligibility 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 2020-2021.
  • January 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 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. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of April 28, 2014 regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2016.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical-Community Psychology (Doctor's - Professional Practice) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the PhD in Community Engagement within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, should document progress in implementing the Ed.D. program (Standard 11).
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Ed.D. Program in Leadership and Administration within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document progress in implementing the Ed.D. program (Standard 11).
  • March 3, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the following additional locations: (1) from Upper St. Clair High School, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 to Canon-McMillan High School, 314 Elm Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317; (2) from North Allegheny School, District Central Administrative Office Board Room, 200 Hillure Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 to Seneca Valley Senior High School, 128 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037; and (3) from Propel Braddock Hills High School, 1500 Yost Blvd., Forest Hills, PA 15221 to Franklin Regional High School, 3200 School Road, Murrysville, PA 15668 and to include the new additional locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations as well as the closure of the relocated locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) North Allegheny School District Central Administrative Office, Board Room, 200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; (2) Propel Braddock Hills High School, 1500 Yost Boulevard, Forest Hills, PA 15221; and (3) Upper St. Clair High School, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • January 2, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to approve the relocation of the Invivodata, Inc. additional location from 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 505, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 to ERT, 225 West Station Square Drive, Suite 220, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. To include the new location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this site. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • February 28, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Invivodata, Inc., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 505, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at the 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. To remind the institution of the progress report, due by October 1, 2012, documenting further progress on the (1) design and implementation of additional direct assessment measures and performance benchmarks in the evaluation of overall effectiveness of academic and non-academic units, along with evidence that these measures and benchmarks have influenced actions taken by the University to improve quality (Standard 7); (2) actions taken to strengthen student advising in all four schools and the use of assessment measures in the design and evaluation of these actions (Standard 9); (3) design and implementation of additional measures of student learning outcomes in the general education program with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning in the general education program (Standard 12); and (4) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

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).