Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Franklin University Switzerland
    Switzerland
  • Address:
    Via Ponte Tresa 29 6924 Sorengo ( Lugano ) Sorengo CH 6924
    Switzerland
  • Phone:
    (419) 198-5226
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Andrew Starcher
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1975
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2021
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

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:
  • 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 to offer ONE program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Trade Management
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Responsible Leadership

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
aSSIST - Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies
Ewhayeodae 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu
Seoul, South Korea
Additional Location
Shenzen, China
Liberal Arts Building, Shenzen University, 3688 Nanhai Blvd, Nanshan District
Shenzen, Guangdong 518061
Additional Location

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • August 26, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the written arrangement with ABUNDANCE International Education Institute Co., Ltd., 2406B, Block A, T-Share Building, 8 Taoyuan Rd., Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China to serve as a third-party provider of the Executive MBA program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescindthis actionif 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 2027-2028.
  • August 26, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Shenzhen University, 3688 Nanhai Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518061 Guangdong, China within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. 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 note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 29, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship degree, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Responsible Leadership 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 2027-2028.
  • March 4, 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 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure, to support operations (Standard VI); (2) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI); and (3) the assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (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 2027-2028.
  • August 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the 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 2020-2021.
  • May 7, 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 April 3, 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. The institution is responsible for adhering to all applicable regulations of the country in which the institution and its students are located. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 2, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation Visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2020-2021, one year from the original date of the visit.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. include the additional location at aSSIST, Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, Ewhayeodae 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea 03767, 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 may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technology, Ewhayeodae 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea 03767 to serve as a third-party provider within the Executive MBA program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note 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 2019-2020.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2018, documenting further steps taken to implement institutional objectives, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, assessed appropriately, linked to mission and goal achievement, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, and are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Master of Science in International Management in e-Business & e-Commerce concentration within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of November 19, 2015 for a monitoring report due April 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of (1) goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standards 2, 3 and 8); (2) strategies to assess the level of, and efficient utilization of, institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard 3); and (3) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • January 2, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual agreement with Knowledgeone for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Trade Management offered in a predominantly online format within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).