Statement of Accreditation Status

Valley Forge Military College

  • CEO: Colonel Stuart Helgeson, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Robert Smith
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional » Two-year, very small
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Valley Forge Military Junior College
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1954
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

Contact Information

1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, PA 19087-3695

(610) 989-1200

www.vfmac.edu/college/vfmc/

  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the show cause report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives on September 7-9, 2022. To further note that the on-site show cause visit serves as the on-site verification visit required by USDE guidelines. To acknowledge receipt of the institution's Intent to Appear before the Commission to present its reasons why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. To note the presentation by the institution's representatives on November 16, 2022. To acknowledge receipt of the institution's request to present new information in the form of a presentation for use during the appearance as approved by the Chair of the Commission. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity); Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment); Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement); Standard VII (Governance, Leadership, and Administration); and Requirements of Affiliation 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2023, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of (1) adherence to all issues of ethics and integrity as outlined in the Standard, including but not limited to Clery Act reporting (Standard II); (2) student learning opportunities that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality (Standard III); (3) institutional structures and processes in place to support the student experience, as evidenced by a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success (Standard IV); (4) student learning programs are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V); (5) clearly stated, aligned, and coherent institutional and unit objectives, with evidence of the implementation of a systematic, organized, and sustained assessment process demonstrating that institutional and unit stakeholders have considered and used assessment results in planning, budgeting, and the improvement of institutional and unit effectiveness (Standard VI); (6) the sufficiency of planning and budgeting processes to fulfill its mission and goals, and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI); and (7) disclosure of its legally constituted governance structure, including any related entities, informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance allowing it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that benefits the institution, its students and the constituencies it serves (Standard VII and Requirements of Affiliation 12 and 14). To request that the monitoring report also include further evidence of (1)?periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V); (2) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII and Requirement of Affiliation 12); (3) a governing body that provides oversight at the policy level and is informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance (Standard VII); (4) a Chief Executive Officer who has appropriate autonomy required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position (Standard VII); and (5) a legally constituted governing body that has sufficient independence, expertise and structure and is responsible and accountable for the academic quality, planning and fiscal well-being of the institution (Standard VII and Requirement of Affiliation 12). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations.?To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan.
  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the Commission Liaison Guidance Visit occurred on July 14, 2022.
  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. 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 require the institution to show cause, by September 1, 2022, to demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with the Commission's standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal compliance requirements. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To require a show cause report, due September 1, 2022, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity); Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experiences); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment); Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement); Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration); and Requirements of Affiliation 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14. The show cause report must include (1) adherence to all issues of ethics and integrity as outlined in the Standard, including but not limited to Clery Act reporting (Standard II and Requirements of Affiliation 5 and 6); (2) student learning opportunities that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality (Standard III); (3) institutional structures and processes in place to support the student experience, as evidenced by a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success (Standard IV); (4) student learning programs are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 9); (5) clearly stated, aligned, and coherent institutional and unit objectives, with evidence of the implementation of a systematic, organized, and sustained assessment process demonstrating that institutional and unit stakeholders have considered and used assessment results in planning, budgeting, and the improvement of institutional and unit effectiveness (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 10); (6) the sufficiency of planning and budgeting processes to fulfill its mission and goals, and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11); and (7) disclosure of its legally constituted governance structure, including any related entities, informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance allowing it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that benefits the institution, its students and the constituencies it serves (Standard VII and Requirements of Affiliation 12 and 14). To request the show cause report also provide evidence of (1) the periodic assessment of the relevancy and effectiveness of the institution's mission and goals (Standard I); (2) a campus climate that fosters respect among all constituencies, including but not limited to concerns raised by recent media reports (Standard II); (3) an annual independent audit confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any cited concerns (Standard VI); (4) updated financial information relating to the institution's Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) status (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11); (5) comprehensive planning for facilities, infrastructure and technology that include consideration of sustainability and deferred maintenance (Standard VI); and (6) adequate financial information that allows Commission representatives to assess the financial viability and management of the institution, including where appropriate, an accurate description of the flow of funding to or from the institution and the related entity (Related Entities Policy and Procedures). To remind the institution of its obligation to make freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations, including making institutional representatives and additional information available to the Commission representatives when requested (Requirement of Affiliation 14 and Accreditation Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy and Procedures). To request that the institution complete and submit for approval, by September 1, 2022, a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan (Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures). In accordance with Commission policy and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education, if the Commission were to withdraw accreditation, and include any teach-out agreements that the institution has entered into or intends to enter into with another institution. To direct a show cause visit following submission of the report. The purpose of the show cause visit is to verify the information provided in the show cause report and the institution's ongoing and sustainable compliance with the Commission's standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal compliance requirements. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. To note that the institution will be invited to present before the Commission when it meets to consider the institution's show cause report. The date of the next evaluation will be determined upon reaffirmation of accreditation.
  • April 1, 2022
    To rescind the substantive change action of June 17, 2020 for the additional location at Easton Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 because the institution decided not to operate at the location. The action to rescind a substantive change request is not an adverse action, therefore, it is not subject to appeal.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2021-2022, provide further evidence of (1) honesty and truthfulness in all publications and communications, in all formats, for internal and external communities (Standard II); (2) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of all institutional policies and procedures and the manner in which they are implemented (Standard II); and (3) a governing body that provides oversight at the policy level and is informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance (Standard VII).
  • March 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Horsham Air Guard Station, Easton Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 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 immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To delay the On-Site Follow-up visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Follow-Up visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission 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 2021-2022.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To postpone a decision on the supplemental information report and request a supplemental information report due April 1, 2020, providing further evidence of (1) documented grievance policies and procedures for all constituencies (Standard II), (2) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII), (3) a governing body that provides oversight at the policy level and is informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance (Standard VII), and (4) a Chief Executive Officer who has appropriate autonomy required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position (Standard VII). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To reject the supplemental information report. To note that the quality and substance of the report were insufficient to permit Commission review. To request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, providing further evidence of (1) documented grievance policies and procedures for all constituencies and the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of all institutional policies and procedures and the manner in which they are implemented (Standard II) and (2) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • May 8, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due June 15, 2019, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity; Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration; and Requirement of Affiliation 5.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the process and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide further documentation and analysis of (1) processes designed to enhance student achievement, including graduation and retention rates and the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience (Standard IV); an organized, systematic, and sustained assessment process that is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard V); and (3) an evidence-based financial planning and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution's mission and goals, clearly linked to the institution's and units' strategic plans/objectives, with information continuing to confirm the institution's financial viability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the process and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide further documentation and analysis of (1) processes designed to enhance student achievement, including graduation and retention rates and the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience (Standard IV); an organized, systematic, and sustained assessment process that is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard V); and (3) an evidence-based financial planning and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution's mission and goals, clearly linked to the institution's and units' strategic plans/objectives, with information continuing to confirm the institution's financial viability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • March 1, 2017
    To rescind the substantive change action of June 29, 2015 and to note that inclusion has lapsed for the additional location at the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Education & Incentives, Fort Indiantown Gap, Building 9-54, Annville, PA 17003.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Postsecondary Certificate in Cybersecurity (> = 1 year, < 2 years) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Education & Incentives, Fort Indiantown Gap, Building 9-54, Annville, PA 17003 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the 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. To remind the institution of the progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting further implementation of a long-term financial plan and steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting further implementation of a long-term financial plan and steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 2012
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) steps taken to further improve the institution's short- and long-term financial viability (Standard 3); (2) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional administration (Standard 5); and, (3) further development and implementation of a process that links the institution's assessment of institutional effectiveness with achieving its mission and goals (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request that the self-study, conducted in preparation for an evaluation team visit in 2011-2012, document (1) development and implementation of a financial plan to stabilize the net value of plant, property, and equipment, a deferred maintenance plan aligned with the College's strategic plan, and a comprehensive enrollment management plan (Standard 3) and (2) evidence that the College president is its chief executive officer, with stated and fulfilled responsibilities that meet the Commission's expectations (Standard 5). To remind the institution of the Commission's previous request that the self-study also document (3) clear statements of institutional and program-level student learning outcomes for each academic program (Standard 11) and (4) direct evidence of student achievement of each institutional and program-level student learning outcome (Standard 14).
  • November 18, 2010
    To document receipt of the staff-requested information report, noting that it provided limited institutional responses to requested information. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2011, documenting compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 and Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution of the Commission's request that the self-study, conducted in preparation for an evaluation team visit in 2011-2012, document (1) clear statements of institutional and program-level student learning outcomes for each academic program (Standard 11) and (2) direct evidence of student achievement of each institutional and program-level student learning outcome (Standard 14).
  • 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 (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Cybersecurity
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Additional Location
    Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
    ATTN: Education & Incentives Fort Indiantown Gap, Building 9-54
    Annville, PA 17003
  • Other Instructional Site
    Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center
    1 Garrison Road Bldg. T-01- Fort Indiantown Gap
    Anniville, PA 17003

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