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Franklin Pierce University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction.
In March of 1999, Franklin Pierce University (then chartered as a college) was accorded full accreditation by NEASC for its undergraduate degree program for the maximum period of ten years. In addition, the College was approved for the next higher degree-granting authority --the Master's level--also for a ten-year period.
Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial; it applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to the students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the College. Individuals may also contact the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, The Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester, Massachusetts 01890, 617.729.6762.
Doctor of Arts in Leadership Studies received approval for accreditation continuance from the New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission after completion of a self-study and site visit in spring 2012.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Franklin Pierce University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); this regional accreditation includes both the New Hampshire and Arizona campuses.
The Masters in Physical Therapy Program in New Hampshire was granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in April 2002. The Physical Therapy Program was approved to convert to a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in April 2005. In April 2009, CAPTE approved an expansion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to the campus in Goodyear, AZ, where classes commenced there in June 2009. Each program is separately accredited with the next full accreditation review scheduled in 2016 for both New Hampshire and Arizona programs.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Franklin Pierce University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2017.
The Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) is seeking re-approval from the New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission. GTEP received full five year approval in 2007. A Memorandum of Understanding is due February 27, 2012 with a visit in a hybrid format with Taskstream submission is scheduled March 26, 2012.
The Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: (404).975.5000.
The Baccalaureate Nursing program (R.N. to B.S.) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: (404).975.5000.
Franklin Pierce University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Division of Business-College at Rindge
- Public disclosure: 2012-13 Student Learning Form – College at Rindge – Business Division (PDF)
- Public disclosure: 2012-13 Student Learning Form – College of Graduate and Professional Studies – Undergraduate Business Programs (PDF)
- Public disclosure: 2012-13 Student Learning Form – College of Graduate and Professional Studies – Graduate Business Programs (PDF)
- Public disclosure: 2013-14 Student Learning Form – College at Rindge – Business Division (PDF)
- Public disclosure: 2013-14 Student Learning Form – College of Graduate and Professional Studies – Undergraduate Business Programs (PDF)
- Public disclosure: 2013-14 Student Learning Form – College of Graduate and Professional Studies – Graduate Business Programs (PDF)
The University was chartered as Franklin Pierce College by the State of New Hampshire on November 14, 1962, under the provisions of Chapter 292 R.S.A. In 1965, the State Legislature granted the College statutory authority to grant baccalaureate degrees.
The University is approved by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.
Certification in elementary, secondary and art teacher education is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education.
The University is approved for veterans by the New Hampshire Department of Education, Post Secondary Division, Education Approving Agency.