Statement of Accreditation Status

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • CEO: Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Stefanie Schwalm
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, large, primarily residential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): West Chester State College (7/1/1983)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1946
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

Contact Information

South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

(610) 436-1000

www.wcupa.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Delaware County Community College - Marple Campus, 901 Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) (Doctor's - Professional Practice) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of August 31, 2015 regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2016.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctor of Education (EdD) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, should document progress in the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and its impact on the institution, including the assessment of program-level student learning outcomes.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document progress in the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and its impact on the institution, including the assessment of program-level student learning outcomes.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document progress in the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and its impact on the institution, including the assessment of program-level student learning outcomes.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. 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 request for a progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting (1) the implementation of a documented assessment process for the six major components of the institution's general education program, and (2) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning in general education (Standard 12). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • 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) 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:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Chester County Intermediate Unit
    455 Boot Road
    Downingtown, PA 19335
    Opened: 06/27/2011
  • Additional Location
    Community College of Philadelphia
    1700 Spring Garden Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130-3991
    Opened: 06/30/2010
  • Additional Location
    Delaware County Community College - Marple Campus
    901 Media Line Road
    Media, PA 19063
    Opened: 08/27/2018
  • Additional Location
    Delaware County Community College - Marple Campus,
    901 Media Line Road
    Media, PA 19063
    Opened: 08/27/2018
  • Additional Location
    Graduate Center
    1160 McDermott Drive
    West Chester, PA 19380
  • Additional Location
    Mellon Independence Center
    701 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Opened: 01/28/2013
  • Additional Location
    The Dixon Center
    Second Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Other Instructional Site
    Bryn Mawr Hospital
    130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
  • Other Instructional Site
    Chincoteague Bay Field Station
    34001 Mill Dam Road
    Wallops Island, VA 23337
  • Other Instructional Site
    Coatesville Area School District
    3030 C G Zinn Road
    Thorndale, PA 19372
  • Other Instructional Site
    Delaware County Community College - Exton Center
    Whiteland Business Park 906 Springdale Drive
    Exton, PA 19341
  • Other Instructional Site
    Owen J. Roberts Middle School
    881 Ridge Rd
    Pottstown, PA 19465
  • Other Instructional Site
    WCU Exton Campus
    930 East Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
    Exton, PA 19341
  • Other Instructional Site
    Wilson School District
    2601 Grandview Blvd
    West Lawn, PA 19609

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