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:
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
    Slippery Rock, PA
  • Address:
    1 Morrow Way
    Slippery Rock, PA 16057
  • Phone:
    (724) 738-9000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Mary Hennessey
  • 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: 1943
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

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 (1-2 yrs) 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:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • 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
Harrisville Building
220 West Prarie Street
Harrisville, PA 16038
Additional Location
Quanzhou University of Information Engineering
249 East Bodong Road
Quanzhou, Fujian, China
Additional Location
Regional Learning Alliance
850 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Additional Location
Aliquippa High School
100 Harding Ave
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Other Instructional Site
Cranberry Township Municipal Building
2525 Rochester Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Other Instructional Site
State Correctional Institution Mercer
801 Butler Pike
Mercer, PA 16137
Other Instructional Site
Trinity Episcopal Church
212 N. Mill Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Other Instructional Site
Union Area High School
2106 Camden Ave
New Castle, PA 16101
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.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2020-2021, provide further evidence addressing the institution's status with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • September 30, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing recent action by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), and Requirement of Affiliation 6.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's Degree - Research/Scholarship degree program (Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration) 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.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Quanzhou University of Information Engineering, 249 East Bodong Road, Quanzhou, Fujian, China within the institution's scope of accreditation. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the additional location. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Ministry of Education in China. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • February 1, 2018
    To rescind the substantive change action of June 27, 2016. To note the institution's decision to not operate the site at National School of Business Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka as an additional location.
  • June 22, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Harmer Building, 220 West Prarie Street, Harrisville, PA 16038 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional location at the National School of Business Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka, within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencement of operations at the additional location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty 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.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with the National School of Business Management within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional location at Harmer Building, 220 West Prarie Street, Harrisville, PA 16038 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencement of operations. 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. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctorate of Education in Special Education program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, and to reclassify the additional location at the Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township, PA, to an instructional site. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report and for progress to date. 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 an institutional accreditor 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).