Statement of Accreditation Status

    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.

  • Institution:
    Institute of World Politics, The
    Washington, DC
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. John Lenczowski, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    1521 16th Street, N. W.
    Washington, DC 20036-1423
  • Phone:
    (202) 462-2101
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mr. Lawrence Cosgriff
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2003
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

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)

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

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.

  • 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.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • March 6, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To note that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its June meeting.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2014, documenting evidence of (1) further implementation and assessment of the strategic plan including evidence that assessment results are used to inform institutional planning and budgeting (Standards 2 and 7); (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); and (3) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional administration (Standard 5). 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 is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 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 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), and Standard 10 (Faculty) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2013, documenting evidence of (1) progress made in the implementation of the FY 2012-2014 Strategic Plan and the assessment of it as indicated in the Departmental Assessment/Use of Results Reports and Departmental Planning and Assessment Report Evaluation Rubric (Standard 2) and (2) comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of all aspects of the institution (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • November 17, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to remind the institution that it is has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), 7 (Institutional Assessment), and 10 (Faculty). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 2, 7, and 10. The monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of (1) implementation of a formal institutional planning process that includes constituent participation, identifies measurable outcomes, incorporates the use of assessment results, and is linked to decision-making and budgeting (Standard 2); (2) development and implementation of an organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, including evidence that assessment results are used in planning and budgeting (Standard 7); and (3) development of clearly defined roles and responsibilities for full and part-time faculty, and development and implementation of a formal, published process for the fair and equitable evaluation of all faculty members (Standard 10). To further request that the report also document steps taken to improve the institution's finances (Standard 3). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 23, 2011
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), 7 (Institutional Assessment), and 10 (Faculty). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 2, 7, and 10. To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documented evidence of (1) implementation of a formal institutional planning process that includes constituent participation, identifies measurable outcomes, incorporates the use of assessment results, and is linked to decision-making and budgeting (Standard 2); (2) development and implementation of an organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, including evidence that assessment results are used in planning and budgeting (Standard 7); and (3) development of clearly defined roles and responsibilities for full and part-time faculty, and development and implementation of a formal, published process for the fair and equitable evaluation of all faculty members (Standard 10). To further request that the report also document steps taken to improve the institution's finances (Standard 3). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations for reporting. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.

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).