Statement of Accreditation Status
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
- CEO: Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Abby Gilbert
- 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: 2020
- The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
- 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.
- March 1, 2012
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 7, and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2012, documenting that assessment results are being used to gain efficiencies in programs and services and to improve budgeting, planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
- March 3, 2011
To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that the Commission has acted to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due November 1, 2011, documenting the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustainable process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, including evidence that assessment information is used to improve budgeting, planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). In addition, to request a review of the institution's enrollment management plan and the utilization of information relevant to student recruitment, retention, marketing and advertising (Standard 8). A team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit remains scheduled for 2014-2015 pending Commission acceptance of the monitoring report.
- 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
- Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
- Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship