Statement of Accreditation Status
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
1299 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Ms. Mary Buhring
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1990
- Last Reaffirmation: 2015
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
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:
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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.
- March 4, 2021To 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, 2021To 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, 2020To 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, 2019To acknowledge receipt of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
- June 22, 2017To 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, 2015To 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, 2012To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
- March 1, 2012To 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.
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).