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:
    Universidad Andres Bello
    Santiago, Chile
  • Address:
    Campus Casona, Ferna?ndez Concha Street No. 700
    Santiago, Chile
  • Phone:
    (562) 661-8003
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Juan Rock
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2012
  • Accreditation Granted: 2015
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028

Alternative Delivery Methods

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

Distance Education
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) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • 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:

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
Branch Concepcion
Autopista Concepcion-Talcahuano 7100
Chile
Branch Campus
Branch Vina Del Mar
Calle Quillaota 910 Vina Del Mar
Chile
Branch Campus
Antonio Varas Campus
Antonio Varas St. No. 807 and No. 880
Santiago, Chile
Additional Location
Campus Creativo
Purisima St. No. 0121
Santiago, Chile
Additional Location
Campus Repu?blica
Repu?blica St. No. 237
Santiago, Chile
Additional Location

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.

  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the complex substantive change visit occurred on September 5, 2022, and the information provided in the complex substantive change request was verified.
  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the complex substantive change visit occurred on September 6-9, 2022, and the information provided in the complex substantive change request was verified.
  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the Commission Liaison Guidance Visit occurred on May 17, 2022.
  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the Commission Liaison Guidance Visit occurred on May 17, 2022. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership within the institution's scope of accreditation effective March 10, 2022. To note the complex substantive change request includes the acquisition of AIEP Professional Institute by Corporation Universidad Andrés Bello. To note that the transaction occurred on September 10, 2020, without prior approval. To note that the approval of the transaction is not retroactive. To direct a complex substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months from the date of this action. To note that written evidence of approval of the transaction by the Chilean Superintendency of Higher Education has been provided. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations.
  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership within the institution's scope of accreditation effective March 10, 2022. To note the complex substantive change request includes a change of the ownership of Universidad Andrés Bello from Laureate Chile to Fundación Educación y Cultura. To note that the transaction occurred on September 10, 2020, without prior approval. To note that the approval of the transaction is not retroactive. To direct a complex substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months from the date of this action. To note that written evidence of approval of the transaction by the Chilean Superintendency of Higher Education has been provided. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested by the Commission action of September 29, 2020. To require the institution to submit complex substantive change request. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action (Requirement of Affiliation 14). To note that any subsequent approval is not retroactive. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested by the Commission action of June 25, 2020. 
  • September 29, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the commission to request a supplemental information report, due November 1, 2020, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity, Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration, Requirement of Affiliation 14, Related Entities Policy, Substantive Change Policy, and Complex Substantive Change Procedures.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2020, addressing any and all significant developments related to the action of March 14, 2019 (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action. To remind the institution that a site visit is required within six months of the effective date of the change in ownership. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report due April 20, 2020, addressing any and all significant developments related to the action of March 14, 2019 (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action. To remind the institution that a site visit is required within six months of the effective date of the change in ownership. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing any and all significant developments related to the action of March 14, 2019 (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action. To remind the institution that a site visit is required within six months of the effective date of the change in ownership. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 14, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the anticipated change in ownership of the University's parent (Laureate Education) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To require notification when the sale of shares representing more than 10% of Laureate stock occurs. To require a supplemental information report due September 1, 2019, documenting evidence of: (1) (a) the majority shareholders of both Class A and Class B stock of Laureate at the time of the report; (b) changes in the Laureate board of directors membership that may have resulted from a change in ownership; (c) changes, if any, to the composition of the Member's Assembly and UNAB Board of Directors resulting from the change in ownership of Laureate; (d) changes, if any, to the University's by-laws, policies or operating procedures resulting from the change in ownership of Laureate (Standard VII and Requirement of Affiliation 12, 13 & 14); (2) no conflicts of interest between the new majority shareholders and the institution (Standard II and Requirement of Affiliation 12 & 13); and (3) changes, if any, to the financial relationship between UNAB and its parent corporations that resulted from the change in ownership of Laureate (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To direct a site visit within six months of the effective date of the change in ownership. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit of the Commission's representative. To affirm inclusion of the additional locations at (1) Antonio Varas Campus, Antonio Varas St. No. 807 and 880, Santiago, Chile; and (2) Campus Creativo at Purísima St. No. 0121, Santiago, Chile within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To affirm inclusion of the new main campus at Campus Casona, Fernández Concha 700 Street, Santiago, Chile within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit of the Commission's representative. To affirm inclusion of the additional location at Campus Republica, Republica St. No. 237, Santiago, Chile. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Antonio Varas Campus, Antonio Varas St. No. 807 and Antonio Varas St. No. 880, Santiago, Chile; and (2) Campus Creativo at Purisima St. No. 0121, Santiago, Chile within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To direct a site visit at these additional locations within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the relocation of the main campus from Campus Republica, Republica Street No. 237, Santiago, Chile to Campus Casona, Fernandez Concha Street No. 700, Santiago, Chile. To direct a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. Operations at the new location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the main campus at Campus Republica, Republica Street No. 237, Santiago, Chile as an additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To direct a site visit is within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days that the site cease to operate as the main campus and commencement of operation as an additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the supplemental information report and to remind the institution of the Commission's action of March 5, 2015, requesting a progress report due April 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 10, 2016
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due July 8, 2016, addressing the impact of the student occupation on the institution's ability to comply with Requirement of Affiliation 3 and with Standard 11 (Educational Offerings).
  • March 3, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request and to include the change of control and ownership within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending notification of the completion of the corporate conversion. To request that the institution inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to the corporate conversion and to remind the institution of the Commission's action of March 5, 2015, requesting a progress report due April 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 5, 2015
    To grant accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. To request a progress report due April 1, 2017 documenting further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve (1) the total range of programs and services (Standard 7) and (2) student learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online MBA degree with a minor in Health and the online Masters degree in Primary Health Care within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the evaluation visit has been conducted and will be acted on at the March 2015 Commission meeting.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To grant Candidate for Accreditation status, and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2014-2015. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).