Statement of Accreditation Status

University of Scranton

  • CEO: Rev. Scott Pilarz, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Kathryn Yerkes
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1927
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Contact Information

800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510-4501

(570) 941-7500

www.scranton.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at State Correctional Institution, Dallas PA, 1000 Follies Road, Dallas, PA 18612 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. 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 2027-2028.
  • October 29, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at Tobyhanna Army Depot, 11 Hap Arnold Blvd, Tobyhanna, PA 18466 to an additional location within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when the change is implemented. 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 2027-2028.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2020 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2024, the institution provide further evidence of periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Avenue, Lewistown, PA 17044 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations as an 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 2018-2019.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at the Geisinger Medical Center, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Geisinger Medical Center, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822 as an additional location and to include the location provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. To remind the institution of the request for a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process for all programs, including general education, with evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    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 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process for all programs, including general education, with evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind 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 note that the due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 6, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind 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 remind the institution that the monitoring report, due September 1, 2014, must document that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to evidence of (1) establishment of learning goals at the institutional and program level for all programs, and (2) further development and implementation of an organized and sustainable process to assess the achievement of institutional and program level student learning outcomes with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report. 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, 2014, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to (1) establishment of learning goals at the institutional and program level for all programs, and (2) further development and implementation of an organized and sustainable process to assess the achievement of institutional and program level student learning outcomes with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To note that the due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • September 13, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of notification from the institution that it has closed its additional location at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Shamokin Dam, PA effective September 13, 2011, because the cohort enrolled at the location has completed the program offered there.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by 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)
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level:
  • Additional Location
    Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
    400 Highland Avenue
    Lewistown, PA 17044
  • Additional Location
    Geisinger Medical Center
    100 North Academy Ave.
    Danville, PA 17822
    Opened: 08/31/2015
  • Additional Location
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
    1000 E. Mountain Blvd.
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
    Opened: 06/27/2016
  • Additional Location
    State Correctional Institution, Dallas PA
    1000 Follies Road
    Dallas, PA 18612
  • Additional Location
    Tobyhanna Army Depot
    11 Hap Arnold Blvd.
    Tobyhanna, PA 18466
    Opened: 05/16/2020
  • Other Instructional Site
    Geisinger-Community Medical Center
    1800 Mulberry Street
    Scranton, PA 18510

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