Statement of Accreditation Status

Clarks Summit University

  • CEO: Dr. James Lytle, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mr. Allen Dreyer
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs » Four-year, very small, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, Baptist Bible College and School of Theology, Baptist Bible Seminary (7/15/1968), Baptist Bible College & Seminary (4/28/2015), Summit University (7/8/2016)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1984
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023

Contact Information

538 Venard Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411

(570) 586-2400

www.clarkssummitu.edu

  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2020 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2022-2023, the institution provide further evidence of improved financial and viability and sustainability (Standard VI).
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Resources) and Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report due September 1, 2017, further documenting (1) steps taken to improve the institution's short- and long-term financial viability (Standard 3); (2) the appropriate role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities (Standard 4); and, (3) a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision making and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 8). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 19, 2015
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 25, 2015, warning the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due March 1, 2016. The due date of the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report.
  • June 25, 2015
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2016, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3 and 4, including but not limited to evidence of the development and implementation of (1) financial resources, financial base, and plans for financial development adequate to assure financial stability, including the institution's ability to post a letter of credit (Standard 3) and (2) the appropriate role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities (Standard 4). In addition, to request that the monitoring report further document (3) a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision making and budgeting processes (Standards 2 and 8) and (4) sound ethical practices and respect for individuals through its administrative practices (Standard 6). To also request a Supplemental Information Report, due October 1, 2015, documenting the institution's continuing compliance with applicable government policies, regulations, and requirements, specifically U.S. Department of Labor regulations pertaining to retirement contributions of employees (Requirement of Affiliation #5; Standard 6). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The Periodic Review Report due date will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2011, documenting assessments of institutional mission and goals and the use of those assessment results to inform institutional planning and resource allocation decisions (Standard 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Additional Location
    Graham Road Baptist Church
    705 Graham Rd
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

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