Statement of Accreditation Status

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • CEO: Dr. David Brigham, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dean Clint Jukkala
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2010
  • Accreditation Granted: 2013
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Contact Information

128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 972-7600

www.pafa.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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 2025-2026.
  • March 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Postsecondary Certificate (>=1 year, < 2 years) - Studio Certificate within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note 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 visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • October 29, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Postsecondary Certificate (>=1 year, < 2 years) in Fine Arts within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 21, 2018
    To reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 27, 2013
    To grant accreditation and to commend the institution for progress to date and for the quality of the self-study process and report. To request that the self-study in preparation for the evaluation visit scheduled for 2017-2018 document (1) implementation of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, including links to resource allocation (Standard 2); (2) further steps taken to strengthen the role of the School Committee as the governing body and the Dean as the CEO of the School (Standard 4); and (3) the implementation of a process for documenting performance reviews of department chairs by the Dean and of faculty by department chairs (Standard 10).
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the semi-annual interim report and the consultant’s report and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in spring 2013. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation.
  • March 3, 2011
    To accept the semi-annual interim report submitted by the institution and the consultant's report. To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To note that the next semi-annual interim report is due by April 1, 2011. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation.
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs)
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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