Statement of Accreditation Status

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

  • CEO: Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Mary Buhring
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1990
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028

Contact Information

1299 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095

(215) 576-0800

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2023-2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) strategies to address enrollment decline (Standard VI) and (2) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI).
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include 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 2023-2024.
  • April 16, 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 March 5, 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. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2019, documenting further evidence of (1) the consideration and use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V), and (2) fiscal resources adequate to support institutional operations (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023 - 2024.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further development, implementation, and evidence of (1) steps taken to ensure the institution's short- and long-term financial viability and sustainability (Standard 3), (2) assessment of the effectiveness of new governance structures (Standard 4), (3) the use of assessment findings to support strategic planning and institutional renewal (Standard 7), and (4) assessment of the new curriculum, including clear and convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning goals (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the progress report. 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:

  • 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:

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