Statement of Accreditation Status

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook

  • CEO: Most Rev. Timothy Senior, Rector
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mrs. Cait Kokolus
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Four-year, very small, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1971
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2023

Contact Information

100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

(610) 667-3394

www.scs.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 2026-2027.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at St. Matthews Convent, 51 E. 3rd Avenue. Conshohocken, PA 19428 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 April 1, 2018. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional location at St. Matthews Convent, 51 E. 3rd Avenue. Conshohocken, PA 19428 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. The Commission requires written 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 request of June 23, 2016 for a progress report due April 1, 2018. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further progress in strengthening the institution's short- and long-term financial viability through appropriate income generating strategies, including the sale or lease of facilities (Standard 3). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further development and implementation of (1) efforts to strengthen the institution’s short- and long-term financial viability by addressing concerns raised in the management letter that accompanied the 2013 audit, and through the sale or lease of facilities (Standard 3); and (2) the use of direct measures to assess student learning outcomes in all programs, including general education, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2011
    To remove the warning and to reaffirm accreditation. To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2014, document the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of steps taken to ensure the institution's short- and long-term financial viability and the institution's sustainability (Standard 3); evidence that institutional assessment results are used in decision-making about resource allocation (Standard 7); and evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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