Statement of Accreditation Status

Widener University

  • CEO: Dr. Stacey Robertson, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Stephen Thorpe
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Professional Universities » Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1954
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

Contact Information

One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792

(610) 499-4000

www.widener.edu

  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd, Chester, PA, 19013 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 2025-2026.
  • June 22, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation and to acknowledge the institution's participation in the Collaborative Implementation Project. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Exton, 825 Springdale Drive, Exton PA 19341. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. To note that the evaluation visit has occurred and will be acted upon by the Commission at the June meeting.
  • March 3, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA, 17106, within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the additional location at 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17106 as a branch campus and to include the branch campus provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting progress in the implementation of student learning outcomes assessment in general education, including the use of assessment results to improve teaching and learning. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • 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
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent 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
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope
  • Branch Campus
    Widener University - Delaware Campus
    P.O. Box 7474 Concord Pike
    Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Branch Campus
    Widener University - Harrisburg Campus
    3800 Vartan Way
    Harrisburg, PA 17106
    Opened: 06/29/2015
  • Additional Location
    Chester-Crozer Medical Center
    1 Medical Center Blvd
    Chester, PA 19013
    Opened: 04/29/2019
  • Other Instructional Site
    Allied Health HS
    1701 Upland St
    Chester, PA 19013
  • Other Instructional Site
    Delaware County Technical School
    200 Yale Avenue
    Morton, PA 19070
  • Other Instructional Site
    Downingtown East HS
    50 Devon Drive
    Exton, PA 19341
  • Other Instructional Site
    Downingtown West HS
    445 Manor Ave
    Downington, PA 19335
  • Other Instructional Site
    Eastern Mennonite University
    1846 Charter Lane
    Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Other Instructional Site
    Sussex Tech HS
    17099 County Seat Hwy
    Georgetown, DE 19947

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