Lance Kennedy-Phillips

Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment

Marie Sullivan, Esq.

Accreditation Coordinator

Historical Reports

Institution History Report

21-Jun-18

To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.

30-Apr-18

To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request.   To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at (1) Penn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112; and (2) Penn State at the Navy Yard,1101 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19112 as additional locations.  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 2023-2024.

26-Jan-18

Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due February 16, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity) and Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience).

22-Jun-17 To accept the monitoring report.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
23-Jun-16 To accept the supplemental information report addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse on the institution’s compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards.  The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
23-Jun-16 To accept the supplemental information report addressing the institution’s voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
15-Mar-16 Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due April 10, 2016, addressing the impact of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse on the institution’s compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation and accreditation standards, specifically Standard 3 (Institutional Resources).
15-Jan-16 To request a supplemental information report, due February 12, 2016, addressing the institution’s voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
25-Jun-15 To reaffirm accreditation.  To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting (1) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (3) review of the enrollment management plan for recruitment, retention, marketing, and advertising, particularly with respect to the enrollment of under-represented students, consistent with the institution’s priorities and values (Standard 8); (4) further implementation of the assessment of general education outcomes within the institution’s overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are utilized for curricular improvement (Standards 12 and 14); and (5) further evidence of articulated student knowledge, skills, and competency levels within existing certificate programs (Standard 13).  The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
6-Mar-14 To accept the monitoring report.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
15-Nov-12 To accept the monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation.  To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2013, documenting (1) the impact on the University budget and the identification of sources of funding to cover the requirements of (a) the report of the U.S. Department of Education regarding the University’s compliance with the Clery Act and associated penalties; (b) updated estimates of the projected costs and liabilities associated with related litigation and the implementation of the Freeh Report recommendations and the NCAA Consent Decree requirements; and (c) the recommendations that are articulated in the report of the external monitor called for by Recommendation 8.3 of the Freeh Report (Standard 3); and (2) developments associated with the revision of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees to accommodate (a)  the expanded involvement of faculty, staff, and students on Board committees and (b) the dual reporting accountability to both the Board and the President of key positions, including that of the General Counsel and the Directors of Internal Audit and Compliance (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
6-Aug-12 To warn the institution that its accreditation is in jeopardy based on information contained in the institutionally commissioned Report of the Special Investigative Counsel (Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, July 12, 2012) and the Binding Consent Decree Imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Accepted by the Pennsylvania State University (July 23, 2013) and insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation 5 (compliance with all applicable government policies, regulations, and requirements) and 9 (institution’s governing body responsibility for the quality and integrity of the institution, for ensuring that the institution’s mission is being carried out, and for making freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations) and with Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 6 (Integrity).  To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning.  To request a monitoring report due by September 30, 2012 documenting steps that have been taken and are planned to ensure the institution’s full compliance with Requirements of Affiliation 5 and 9 as well as Accreditation Standards 4 and 6.  In addition, to request that the monitoring report also address Accreditation Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) with regard to the institution’s capacity and plans for addressing financial obligations that will or may result from the investigation and related settlements, etc.  A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report.  To remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further significant related developments, including the provision of copies of any and all relevant external reports.  The due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
28-Jun-12 To accept the progress report.  To remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further developments that may result in changes in mission, programs, personnel, and/or budget arising from the institution’s investigation or that may result in a change of status with external oversight bodies, such as the NCAA, and to request that the institution provide to the Commission copies of all relevant reports from its investigation or to its external oversight bodies.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
1-Mar-12 To accept the Commission-requested information report, to remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further developments that may result in changes in mission, programs, personnel and/or budget arising from the institution’s investigation or that may result in a change of status with external oversight bodies, such as the NCAA, and to request that the institution provide to the Commission copies of all relevant reports from its investigation or to its external oversight bodies.  To further remind the institution of the progress report due by April 1, 2012 documenting evidence of further progress in: (1) the establishment of learning goals at the program level in all programs; and (2) the use of appropriate assessment of the attainment of learning goals at the program level, including use of direct measures of the assessment of student learning and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
18-Nov-10 To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation.  To request a progress report due by April 1, 2012 documenting evidence of further progress in: (1) the establishment of learning goals at the program level in all programs; and (2) the use of appropriate assessment of the attainment of learning goals at the program level, including use of direct measures of the assessment of student learning and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
22-Jun-06 To accept the progress letter.  The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2010.
22-Jun-05 To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress letter, due by April 1, 2006, documenting the development of a comprehensive plan for the assessment of student learning that is linked to the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness and to the institution’s strategic planning process.  The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2010.
15-Nov-00 To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2004-05.  To acknowledge information submitted by the institution, and to include Dickinson School of Law within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2004-05.
29-Sep-00 The CHE Executive Committee acted to include Dickinson School of Law provisionally within the scope of the university’s accreditation pending further action by the Commission at its November 2000 session.
21-Feb-96 To reaffirm accreditation; to commend the University for the excellence of the self-study and the evaluation process.  As of now, the PRR is due June 1, 2000.
1-Aug-94 Evaluation delayed until Fall 1995.
20-Jun-91 To note that Pennsylvania State University will be relieved of the need to submit a university-wide PRR once scheduled for June 1992 and further to note that, beginning in academic year 1994-95, the degree-granting units of the University will be separately accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
27-Feb-87 To reaffirm the accreditation, to commend the quality of the University’s preparation for the evaluation, and to note that the PRR will be due October 1, 1991.
25-Jun-82 Reaffirmed.  PRR accepted.  Self-study inpreparation for next evaluation in 1985-86 to be comprehensive in nature with particular attention to continuity of planning, program review as it relates to budgeting, assessment of regional campuses, and general institutional involvement in self-study process.  Staff Action – Evaluation delayed to 1986-87, Fall 1986.
25-Jun-76 Reaffirmed as a single unit.  PRR due October 1, 1981.  Next review:  1985-86.
1-Jan-67 Reaffirmed.
1-Apr-58 Report accepted with commendation and congratulations.  P.R. requested February 1960.
1-Jan-56 Reaffirmed.  P.R. requested February 1958.
1-Jan-21 Accredited.

Self Study

On June 25, 2015, Middle States reaffirmed accreditation and Statement of Accreditation Status and to also request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting “(1) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) further implementation of the periodic effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (3) review of the enrollment management plan for recruitment, retention, marketing, and advertising, particularly with respect to the enrollment of under-represented students, consistent with the institution’s priorities and values (Standard 8); (4) further implementation of the assessment of general education outcomes within the institution’s overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are utilized for curricular improvement (Standards 12 and 14); and (5) further evidence of articulated student knowledge, skills, and competency levels within existing certificate programs (Standard 13).”

On May 8, 2015, the University submitted its response to the Commission accepting the recommendations and had no objections to the Evaluation Team’s findings.  Since the Evaluation Team’s visit, the University has taken steps to address the recommendations.

On April 23, 2015, the Middle States Evaluation Team submitted a team report of their visit to the University.  Following a thorough review of the University’s self-study report, supporting materials, and interviews with campus constituents, “The team came away from its visit with a very positive sense Penn State’s academic quality, commitment to excellence in all its endeavors, and its resolve to meet the MSCHE standards for affiliation and accreditation in full.”  The team provided eight recommendations as well as suggestions to aid in the University’s “continued progress toward its strategic priorities.”

On January 13, 2015, the Self-Study, Living the Land-Grant Mission in a Global Context, and documentation roadmap were submitted to Middle States.

On June 26, 2013, the Self-Study Design was submitted and approved by Middle States. The theme of the self-study is Living the Land-Grant Mission in a Global Context.

Penn State faculty, staff, and students were invited to review and provide feedback about the self-study draft.

Self-Study Evaluation for 2004-05

On March 29, 2006, the University submitted the Commission-requested letter which communicated the approach used to develop the University’s Assessment Plan for Student Learning and the accomplishments toward implementing elements of the plan.

At its June 22, 2005, session, Middle States reaffirmed accreditation and Statement of Accreditation Status and to also request a progress letter, due April 1, 2006, documenting development of a comprehensive plan for the assessment of student learning linked to the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness and to the institution’s strategic planning process.

On April 30, 2005, the Middle States Accreditation Team submitted a Team Report of their visit to the University.

The University submitted is self-study report, Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Education at Penn Sate: An Institutional Self-Study on February 23, 2005.

Monitoring Reports and Requests for Information

At its session on June 22, 2017, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to accept the Monitoring Report and revised the Statement of Accreditation. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.

At its June 23, 2016, session, the Middle States Commission acted to accept supplemental reports and revised the Statement of Accreditation Status.

At its March 6, 2014, session, the Middle States Commission acted to accept the Commission-requested monitoring report and revised Statement of Accreditation Status.

University’s Monitoring Report – On October 24, 2013, the University submitted the requested monitoring report.

Middle States acceptance of the reports and revised Statement of Accreditation Status – November 15, 2012.  At its session on November 15, 2012, the Middle States Commission acted to accept the University’s monitoring report, to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives, to remove the warning, and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2013, documenting (1) the impact on the University budget and the identification of sources of funding to cover the requirements of (a) the report of the U.S. Department of Education regarding the University’s compliance with the Clery Act and associated penalties; (b) updated estimates of the projected costs and liabilities associated with related litigation and the implementation of the Freeh Report recommendations and the NCAA Consent Decree requirements; and (c) the recommendations that are articulated in the report of the external monitor called for by Recommendation 8.3 of the Freeh Report (Standard 3); and (2) developments associated with the revision of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees to accommodate (a) the expanded involvement of faculty, staff, and students on Board committees and (b) the dual reporting accountability to both the Board and the President of key positions, including that of the General Counsel and the Directors of Internal Audit and Compliance (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.

Middle States Evaluation Team’s Report – October 26, 2012

University’s Monitoring Report – On September 27, 2012, the University submitted the requested monitoring report. Following receipt of the monitoring report, a small team of peer evaluators visited the University on October 21-23 to verify the contents of the report.  The team then submitted their report to the Commission’s Committee on Follow-up Activities on the institution’s status with regard to the Commission’s Requirements of Affiliation and Accreditation Standards.

Middle States notification letter which includes Statement of Accreditation Status, and Public Disclosure Statement – August 8, 2012. At its session on August 6, 2012, the Executive Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education placed the University on warning status and required a monitoring report be submitted by September 30, 2012. The Pennsylvania State University remained accredited by the Commission.

At its March 1, 2012, session, the Middle States Commission acted to accept the Commission-requested informational report and revised Statement of Accreditation Status, and to remind the University of its periodic review progress report due April 1, 2012 (see Periodic Review Reports section for a copy of the report submitted March 30, 2012).

University’s informational report – On December 21, 2011, the University submitted the requested information report.

Middles States’ request, November 11, 2011, for an informational report addressing the recent developments and/or plans to ensure ongoing compliance with the Commission’s Requirements of Affiliation and with Standard 6, Integrity.

Periodic Review Reports

At its June 28, 2012, session, the Middle States Commission acted to accept the progress report, Statement of Accreditation Status, and to “remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further developments that may result in changes in mission, programs, personnel, and/or budget arising from the institution’s investigation or that may result in a change of status with external oversight bodies, such as the NCAA, and to request that the institution provide to the Commission copies of all relevant reports from its investigation or to its external oversight bodies.”

On March 30, 2012, the University submitted the Commission-requested Periodic Review Report Additional Progress.

At its November 18, 2010, session, Middle States Commission acted to accept the periodic review report, Statement of Accreditation Status, reaffirmed accreditation, and requested a progress report (due April 1, 2012). The progress report is to document “evidence of further progress in: 1) the establishment of learning goals at the program level in all programs; and 2) the use of appropriate assessment of attainment of learning goals at the program level, including use of direct measures of the assessment of student learning and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).”

The University submitted its Periodic Review Report in June 2010.