Statement of Accreditation Status

Westminster College

  • CEO: Dr. Kathy Richardson, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Jamie McMinn
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

Contact Information

319 South Market Street
New Wilmington, PA 16172

(724) 946-8761

www.westminster.edu

  • 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 request that beginning in 2022 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2025, the institution provide further evidence of (1) organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement in general education (Standard V) and (2) organized and systematic assessments of non-academic units (Standard VI). 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.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 9, 2017
    To rescind the substantive change action of April 27, 2015. To note the institution's decision to not operate the sitesat (1) Franklin High School, 246 Pone Lane, Franklin, PA 16323; and (2) Boardman High School, 7777 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, OH 44512 as additional locations.
  • March 8, 2017
    To note the institution's decision to not operate the sites at (1) Canon-McMillan High School, 314 Elm Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317; (2) East Allegheny High School, 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137; and (3) Northwestern Senior High School, 100 Harthan Way, Albion, PA 16401 as additional locations and to remove the locations from the institution's accreditation.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, reaffirm accreditation, and commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further progress in the development and implementation of (1) a multi-year budgeting process that aligns with strategic planning priorities (Standard 2); (2) a financial planning process that considers internal and external factors that influence enrollment (Standard 3); (3) additional steps to identify assessment measures and use assessment results to support a comprehensive, organized, and sustained assessment of planning activities (Standard 7); and (4) the implementation of an assessment cycle that requires the use of direct measures to assess student learning and includes the use of assessment results to inform program modifications. (Standard 14). The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120 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. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online Masters of Education in School Counseling and Masters of Education in Educational Administration within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at Franklin High School, 246 Pone Lane, Franklin, PA 16323 and Boardman High School, 7777 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, OH 44512 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations 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 26, 2014
    To accept the Supplemental Information Report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 26, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional locations at (1) Freedom Middle School, 1701 8th Avenue, Freedom, PA 15042; (2) Hickory High School, 640 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148 within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the following additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation: (1) Allderdice High School, 2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217; (2) Canon-McMillan High School, 314 Elm Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317; (3) East Allegheny High School, 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137; (4) Fort LeBoeuf High School, 931 North High Street, Waterford, PA 16441; and (5) Northwestern Senior High School, 100 Harthan Way, Albion, PA 16401. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the supplemental information report due March 1, 2014 has been received and will be acted on at the June Commission meeting. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • November 21, 2013
    To document receipt of the monitoring report noting that the report provided insufficient information documenting the use of direct evidence of student achievement of institutional and program level student learning outcomes. (Standard 14) To note that a visit will not be conducted at this time. To request a supplemental information report, due March 1, 2014, documenting the use of direct evidence of student achievement of institutional and program level student learning outcomes. (Standard 14) A small team visit may follow the submission of the report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional locations at (1) Freedom Middle School, 1701 8th Avenue, Freedom, PA 15042; (2 )Blackhawk High School, 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010; (3) Hickory High School, 640 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148; (4) Mercer Senior High School, 545 West Butler Street, Mercer, PA 16137; (5) Pine-Richland High School, 700 Warrendale Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044; and (6)Seneca Area Senior High School, 128 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037 within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at two of these locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the monitoring report, due October 1, 2013 has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its meeting in November. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for the quality of its self-study process. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, documenting evidence of (1) steps taken to promote a culture of assessment; (2) institutional support for student learning assessment activities; (3) faculty leadership in the assessment of student learning; and (4) direct evidence of student achievement of institutional, program, and course level student learning outcomes (Standard 14). A visit may follow submission of the report. 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Allderdice High School
    2409 Shady Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Opened: 08/25/2014
  • Additional Location
    Allegheny Intermediate Unit
    475 East Waterfront Drive
    Homestead, PA 15120
    Opened: 01/16/2016
  • Additional Location
    Blackhawk High School
    500 Blackhawk Road
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Opened: 01/14/2014
  • Additional Location
    Fort LeBoeuf High School
    931 North High Street
    Waterford, PA 16441
    Opened: 08/25/2014
  • Additional Location
    Freedom Middle School
    1701 8th Avenue
    Freedom, PA 15042
    Opened: 01/14/2014
  • Additional Location
    Hickory High School
    640 N. Hermitage Road
    Hermitage, PA 16148
    Opened: 01/14/2014
  • Additional Location
    Mercer Senior High School
    545 West Butler Street
    Mercer, PA 16137
    Opened: 01/14/2014
  • Additional Location
    Pine-Richland High School
    700 Warrendale Road
    Gibsonia, PA 15044
    Opened: 01/14/2014
  • Additional Location
    Seneca Area Senior High School
    128 Seneca School Road
    Harmony, PA 16037
    Opened: 01/14/2014

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