Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission & Association of Theological Schools

The Pontifical College Josephinum is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS) (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, phone 412-788-6505, fax 412-788-6510, www.ats.edu). The Josephinum was first accredited by The Higher Learning Commission in 1976 and by ATS in 1970.

 

Certificate of Authorization

The Pontifical College Josephinum’s most recent Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents is available for view upon request in the Registrar’s Office.


Educational Effectiveness

The Josephinum uses a number of measures to determine educational effectiveness. The information below pertains to our ATS & HLC accredited degree programs.


ATS Continues Josephinum Accreditation for Seven Years

In 2021, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) extended the accreditation of the Josephinum for 7 years. The Josephinum will undergo its next comprehensive accreditation review in the fall of 2028.


HLC Continues Josephinum Accreditation

The Josephinum is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and will undergo its next comprehensive accreditation review in 2027 – 2028.


Designation of Title IX Coordinator

The Pontifical College Josephinum, in compliance with regulations of the United States Department of Education, has designated the Coordinator of Institutional Accreditation and Planning as the Title IX Coordinator. The Coordinator of Institutional Accreditation and Planning reports to the Rector/President of the Pontifical College Josephinum. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Josephinum’s responses to all complaints involving possible sex discrimination that includes sexual harassment and violence. The Josephinum’s Title IX policies and grievance procedures can be found in the Security of Persons and Property Manual, the Faculty Handbook, and the Employee Handbook for Staff and Maintenance. Any seminarian or employee who wishes to file a complaint involving possible sex discrimination should contact the Title IX Coordinator and request a meeting. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached at 614-985-2276.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Reporting

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act granted funds to institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Institutions must use 50 percent of these funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The Pontifical College Josephinum signed and returned the Certification and Agreement Form for these funds on April 29, 2020, which acknowledges the institution has agreed to disburse 50 percent of the funds to students. The Pontifical College Josephinum distributed $31,588.00 to students who were enrolled at the Pontifical College.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 1 8004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 1, 2020, was $31,588.00. The total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section of the CARES Act was 24. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act was less than 10.

Due to the small amount of grant funds received the Pontifical College Josephinum in conjunction with the Financial Aid department disbursed the funds based on those students who had the greatest financial need and Pell eligibility. The average amount awarded to a student as of July 1, 2020 was $3,949.00.

The Pontifical College Josephinum sent informational letters in conjunction with grant fund checks to eligible students. These student notifications included information that funds may be used for educational expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Reporting

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed in December 2020 by Congress. The Act authorized the Secretary of Education to allocate grants to educational institutions for distribution to students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pontifical College Josephinum received and distributed $31,588 to six students in the 2021 Spring Semester who were eligible to participate under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Pontifical College Josephinum disbursed the funds based on those students who had the greatest financial need and Pell eligibility.

The Pontifical College Josephinum sent informational letters to eligible students about the grant and that the funds may be used for educational expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.


American Rescue Plan Act Reporting

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was passed by Congress in March 2021 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The ARP authorized the Secretary of Education to allocate grants to educational institutions for distribution to students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for expenses related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Pontifical College Josephinum received and distributed $66,281 to seven students in the 2021 Fall Semester who were eligible to participate under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Pontifical College Josephinum disbursed the funds based on those students who had the greatest financial need.

The Pontifical College Josephinum sent informational letters to the above eligible students about the grant, indicating that funds may be used for educational expenses related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports under CARES Act

Quarter Ending September 30, 2020

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for HEERF

Quarter Ending March 31, 2021

Quarter Ending September 30, 2021

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