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:
    Pillar College
    Newark, NJ
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. David Schroeder, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s):
    Somerset Christian College (4/5/2013)
  • Address:
    60 Park Place Suite 701
    Newark, NJ 07102
  • Phone:
    (973) 803-5000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Amy Huber
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2006
  • Accreditation Granted: 2010
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Alternative Delivery Methods

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

Distance Education
Not approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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
600 Apgar Drive
600 Apgar Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
Additional Location
Hamilton Plaza Building
100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 415
Patterson, NJ 07505
Additional Location
Board of Education Building
90 Delaware Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07503
Other Instructional Site
Community Technology Center
218 Memorial Drive
Paterson, NJ 07505
Other Instructional Site
Irvington Municipal Building
1 Civic Square
Irvington, NJ 07111
Other Instructional Site
Plainfield Site
120 West 7th Street, Suite 105
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Other Instructional Site

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.

  • 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.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the increase in the number of credit hours required for successful completion of the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • April 30, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Master's degree program (Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership) within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of state approval. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at 100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 415, Paterson, NJ 07505 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the instructional site at the Hamilton Plaza Building, 100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 415, Patterson, NJ 07505 as an additional location and to provisionally include the location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The next evaluation is for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 31, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the State of New Jersey Higher Education and to include the Master of Arts in Counseling within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Master of Arts in Counseling within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of state approval. To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of August 31, 2015 for a progress report due April 1, 2017. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) steps taken to ensure that the institution has administrative leaders with appropriate skills, degrees and training to carry out their responsibilities and functions (Standard 5); and (2) further implementation of organized and sustained processes for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and of student learning that are sustainable and that have the support and collaboration of faculty and administration, including evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning, resource allocation and renewal, and in improving teaching and learning (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress report due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) steps taken to ensure that the institution has administrative leaders with appropriate skills, degrees and training to carry out their responsibilities and functions (Standard 5); and (2) further implementation of organized and sustained processes for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and of student learning that are sustainable and that have the support and collaboration of faculty and administration, including evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning, resource allocation and renewal, and in improving teaching and learning (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • November 20, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to include the reclassification of the instructional site at 600 Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873 as an additional location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at 600 Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873 as an additional location, and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • January 17, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of state approval from the New Jersey Higher Education and to include the reclassification of the additional location at Military Park Building, 7th floor, 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07012 as the main campus, within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • June 28, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives and to include the reclassification of the additional location at Military Park Building, 7th floor, 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07012 as the main campus, within the scope of the institution’s accreditation to be effective upon receipt of state approval.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission's representatives, and to commend the institution for progress to date. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge the substantive change request and to reclassify provisionally the additional location at Military Park Building, 7th Floor, 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07012 as the main campus, pending a site visit to the campus within six months. To note the institution’s decision to close the main campus at 10 College Way, Zarephath, NJ 08890. To remind the institution that the Commission has requested a monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting (1) the extension of the institutional strategic plan to link with the multi-year budget projections, clarification of the respective responsibilities of the College and its sponsoring organization with regard to shared services, and inclusion in institutional strategic planning of goals related to the increased needs for staff and faculty required by institutional growth (Standard 3); (2) improvements in the recording and management of data from the assessment of institutional effectiveness, and the use of the results of those assessments to improve institutional operations (Standard 7); and (3) the implementation of additional and more comprehensive direct measures of student learning that are aligned with stated learning outcomes, more extensive analysis of assessment data, and the use of the results of student learning outcomes assessment to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • June 28, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to reclassify the instructional site at Military Park Building, 7th Floor, 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07012, as an additional location and to include this additional location provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. To remind the institution that the Commission has requested a monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting (1) the extension of the institutional strategic plan to link with the multi-year budget projections, clarification of the respective responsibilities of the College and its sponsoring organization with regard to shared services, and inclusion in institutional strategic planning of goals related to the increased needs for staff and faculty required by institutional growth (Standard 3); (2) improvements in the recording and management of data from the assessment of institutional effectiveness, and the use of the results of those assessments to improve institutional operations (Standard 7); and (3) the implementation of additional and more comprehensive direct measures of student learning that are aligned with stated learning outcomes, more extensive analysis of assessment data, and the use of the results of student learning outcomes assessment to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To grant accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting (1) the extension of the institutional strategic plan to link with the multi-year budget projections, clarification of the respective responsibilities of the College and its sponsoring organization with regard to shared services, and inclusion in institutional strategic planning of goals related to the increased needs for staff and faculty required by institutional growth (Standard 3); (2) improvements in the recording and management of data from the assessment of institutional effectiveness, and the use of the results of those assessments to improve institutional operations (Standard 7); and (3) the implementation of additional and more comprehensive direct measures of student learning that are aligned with stated learning outcomes, more extensive analysis of assessment data, and the use of the results of student learning outcomes assessment to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. 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).