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:
    Thiel College
    Greenville, PA
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Susan Traverso, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    75 College Avenue
    Greenville, PA 16125
  • Phone:
    (724) 589-2000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Elizabeth Frombgen
  • 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: 1922
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020-2021
  • 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
Not 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:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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

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.

  • 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 2020-2021.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Master’s degree program (Master of Science in Physician Assistant) within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that 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.
  • November 6, 2017
    To note approval of all necessary institutional approvals and to include the first Master's degree program (Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • October 30, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Master's degree program (Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology) within the scope of the institution's accreditation, to be effective upon receipt of necessary institutional approvals. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, further documenting evidence of an organized and sustained assessment process, in all programs including general education, that is used to improve student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 14). The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 5, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the warning that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard 14. To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of an organized and sustained assessment process, in all programs including general education, that is used to improve student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the date of the next evaluation visit will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 20, 2014
    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 the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard 14. To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of an organized and sustained assessment process, in all programs including general education, that is used to improve student learning, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation (Standards 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The due date for the next evaluation visit will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 6, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that a monitoring report is due September 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process, including the use of direct measures, to improve student learning and overall institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting and planning (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison visit to discuss Commission expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2014, documenting further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process, including the use of direct measures, to improve student learning and overall institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting and planning (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison visit to discuss Commission expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.

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).