Excelsior College Accreditations
The two primary types of higher education accreditation include institutional accreditation and specialized or programmatic accreditation.
Institutional accreditation applies to an entire college or university. Specialized or programmatic accreditation applies to specific programs, departments, or schools within an institution.
Excelsior College is accredited through the year 2022 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
“We have all been extremely impressed by what we have seen at Excelsior College. You have created a culture here which is rare. You have a college which has an open-access admissions policy, charges a low tuition, provides students with a high-quality education, and operates with strong financials. You have a very dedicated faculty, administration, and staff, academically challenging programs, and satisfied students who truly feel that everyone at the college cares about them.” – Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2012.
Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.
Specialized Nursing Accreditation
The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing at Excelsior College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is denial of continuing accreditation, which Excelsior College is appealing per Policy #10 Appeal Process and Submission and Review of New Financial Information Subsequent to Adverse Action. The associate degree nursing program will remain accredited with the status of Accredited with Good Cause in accordance with Policy #10 pending the outcome of the appeal process.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
Based on the outcome of the appeal process, the disclosure of accreditation status information must be updated within one business day of the effective date of the accreditation decision becoming final.
New York State Board of Regents – Recognized Programmatic Accreditation
Excelsior College’s nursing programs are programmatically accredited by the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents, State Education Department Office of the Professions (the Regents). The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Regents as a state agency for the approval of nursing education programs since 1969. More information about the NYS Board of Regents’ Recognized Programmatic Accreditation may be helpful for students or graduates to present to a school they are attending or to an employer seeking more information about their Excelsior College nursing degree.
ABET Specialized Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
Specialized Accreditation for Business Degrees
Excelsior College has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.
Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated Excelsior College’s School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, in recognition of the School’s sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development. This is the fourth consecutive designation.