The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has renewed Philadelphia University’s accreditation.
The Commission’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.
As part of the re-accreditation process, PhilaU completed a well-researched and exhaustive self-study in 2015 and an outside team of peer reviewers selected by the Commission from other comparable Middle States member institutions visited campus over a three-day period in February 2016.
The peer reviewers found the University met or exceeded the 14 Standards for Accreditation with additional commendations established by the Commission and PhilaU has accomplished its institutional goals as according to its Mission Statement and Strategic Plan.
“This re-accreditation confirms what we already know: Philadelphia University delivers on the promise to its students that they will become leaders and innovators in the careers of their passion,” said PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. “I am grateful to our students, faculty and staff for making Philadelphia University an institution that practices innovative professional education, and I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of all the faculty and staff who contributed to the self-study report.”
Regional accreditation through the Commission is an important process to assure the government and the public that the University has been thoroughly evaluated by accreditation professionals and peers and meets rigorous standards, said Matt Dane Baker, PhilaU Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
“It is another point of validation that we are meeting our obligation to our students,” Baker said. “The process of performing and writing a self-study facilitates continued institutional assessment and quality improvement. It takes an amazing amount of time and effort from all parts of the University to accomplish this. I am grateful for all of the hard work our faculty and staff have put into this. I am thrilled that we received this re-affirmation of accreditation and that the site team commended out assessment process.”