Statement of Accreditation Status

Institute of World Politics, The

  • CEO: Dr. John Lenczowski, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mr. Lawrence Cosgriff
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

1521 16th Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20036-1423

(202) 462-2101

www.iwp.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at The Institute of World Politics - Reston Campus , 1761 Business Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5307 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • 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 2021-2022.
  • April 18, 2018
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Self-Study Evaluation visit in 2021-2022, the institution provide evidence of further implementation of (1) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience (Standard IV); (2) an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process that is used to improve teaching and student learning (Standard V); and, (3) an evidence-based financial planning, enrollment, and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution’s mission and clearly linked to the institution’s and units’ strategic plans and objectives, with information confirming the institution's financial viability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to recognize the institution for progress to date. To request that, in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide evidence of further implementation of (1) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience (Standard IV); (2) an organized, systematic and sustained assessment process that is used to improve teaching and student learning (Standard V); and, (3) an evidence-based financial planning, enrollment, and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution’s mission and clearly linked to the institution’s and units’ strategic plans and objectives, with information confirming the institution's financial viability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 7, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (“HELC”) and to include the first Doctor’s-Professional Practice degree program - Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (DSNS) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor’s-Professional Practice degree program (Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (DSNS)) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation to be effective upon receipt of state approval. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for 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:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (DSNS)

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