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February 2017 COA Decision

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - February 2017

Accrediting agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation are required to notify the public of the basis for final accreditation decisions. The Commission on Accreditation (COA) meets this requirement by publishing a notice of accreditation actions on its website after each Commission meeting. COA meetings take place three times a year, in February, June, and October.

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) took the following actions at its February 2017 meeting regarding the social work programs sponsored by the institutions listed below. Actions taken below are listed by decision category. Standards referenced in this report can be reviewed in our 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Reaffirm Accreditation for 8 Years

The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards and the program was granted continued accreditation for 8 years.

Baccalaureate

  • Augusta University (GA)
  • Daemen College (NY)
  • Gallaudet University (DC)
  • Hope College (MI)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • University of Findlay (OH)
  • West Virginia State University (WV)

Master's

  • Barry University (FL)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Akron (OH)
  • University of Central Florida (FL)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Westfield State University (MA)

Reaffirm Accreditation for 8 Years with a Progress Report

The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards, but identifies one or more areas of concern that must be addressed in a progress report. The program was granted continued accreditation for 8 years, with a progress report to be submitted within 1 year.

Baccalaureate

  • Aurora University (IL), based on Field Education; Diversity; Advisement, Retention, and Termination; Resources; and Assessment
  • Barry University (FL), based on Admissions and Faculty
  • California State University, Chico (CA), based on Field Education
  • Harding University (AR), based on Administrative Structure and Assessment
  • Marian University (WI), based on Field Education
  • Methodist University (NC), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Mary Baldwin University (VA), based on Resources
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX), based on Advisement, Retention, and Termination
  • University of Mississippi (MS), based on Diversity, Admissions, Student Participation, Faculty, Administrative Structure, and Resources

Master’s

  • Aurora University (IL), based on Curriculum, Diversity, and Faculty
  • California State University, Chico (CA), based on Field Education
  • Dominican University (IL), based on Admissions
  • Gallaudet University (DC), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • University of Mississippi (MS), based on Diversity, Student Participation, Administrative Structure, and Resources
  • West Texas A&M University (TX), based on Field Education; Advisement, Retention, and Termination; and Student Participation

Defer a Decision on Reaffirmation of Accreditation to the Next Meeting and Request Clarifying Information

The COA decides to defer a decision when the program’s documentation is insufficient to make a decision. A deferral is for one meeting only. Before the next commission meeting the program is expected to submit the documentation or clarification necessary for the COA to make a decision.

Baccalaureate

  • Catholic University of America (DC), based on Faculty
  • Cedar Crest College (PA), based on Diversity, Administrative Structure, and Assessment
  • Lewis-Clark State College (ID), based on Resources and Assessment
  • University of South Dakota (SD), based on Mission and Goals, Curriculum, Field Education, Faculty, Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment

Master’s

  • Catholic University of America (DC), based on Faculty
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL), based on Assessment
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX), based on Mission and Goals; Field Education; Admissions; and Advisement, Retention, and Termination

Grant Candidacy Status

The COA finds that the program is in compliance with Benchmark I and grants the program Candidacy status. The decision letter instructs the program to prepare Benchmark II in preparation for its Commissioner Visit II.

Baccalaureate

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College (TN)
  • Walden University (MN)

Master's

  • Brescia University (KY)
  • California Baptist University (CA)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
  • Marshall University (WV)
  • Sacred Heart University (CT)
  • Tarleton State University (TX)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)
  • University of Indianapolis (IN)
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (TN)

Grant a Second Year of Candidacy

The COA finds that the program is in compliance with Benchmark II and grants the program a second year in candidacy. The decision letter instructs the program to prepare its Initial Accreditation Self-Study in preparation for its Commissioner Visit III.

Baccalaureate

  • Missouri Southern State University (MO)
  • Northern Arizona University, Yuma (AZ)

Master's

  • Daemen College (NY)
  • Ramapo College (NJ)
  • Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Defer a Decision on Second Year of Candidacy

The COA decides to defer a decision when the program’s documentation is insufficient to make a decision. A deferral is for one meeting only. Before the next commission meeting the program is expected to submit the documentation or clarification necessary for the COA to make a decision.

Baccalaureate

  • Greenville College (IL), based on Curriculum, Field Education, and Assessment
  • Neumann University (PA), based on Curriculum, Student Participation, and Resources

Master's

  • Alabama State University, based on Curriculum
  • Capella University (MN), based on Assessment

Grant Initial Accreditation for 4 Years

The COA finds the program in compliance with all accreditation standards and educational policy and grants accreditation for 4 years.

Master's

  • Clarke University (IA)
  • College of Staten Island (NY)

Grant Initial Accreditation for 4 Years with a Progress Report

The COA finds the program in compliance with all educational policy and accreditation standards, but identifies one or more areas of concern that must be addressed in a progress report that the COA will review. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of concern and a due date for the progress report.

Baccalaureate

  • Colorado Mesa University (CO), based on Admissions
  • Texas A&M University-Central Texas (TX), based on Field Education
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN), based on Curriculum; Field Education; Advisement, Retention, and Termination; Faculty; and Assessment

Defer a Decision on Initial Accreditation

COA decides to defer a decision when the program’s documentation is insufficient to make a decision. A deferral is for one meeting only. Before the next commission meeting the program is expected to submit the documentation or clarification necessary for COA to make a decision.        

Master's

  • George Fox University (OR), based on Field Education, Diversity, Faculty, and Assessment

Accept First Progress Report

All areas of concern were addressed in the progress report, and no further action by the program is required.

Baccalaureate

  • Cornerstone University (KY)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Midwestern State University (TX)
  • Texas Southern University (TX)

Master's

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • Campbellsville University (KY)
  • Chicago State University (IL)
  • Troy University (AL)

Receive First Progress Report and Request a Second Progress Report

The COA finds that one or more of the concerns in the first progress report are still areas of concern and requests a second progress report to be submitted within 1 year. The COA’ s letter identifies specific areas of concern and a due date for the progress report. If the second progress report is not accepted, the program is automatically placed on conditional accreditation.

Baccalaureate

  • Bemidji State University (MN), based on Assessment
  • Governors State University (IL), based on Field Education
  • King University (TN), based on Assessment
  • Tennessee State University (TN), based on Assessment

Master's

  • Governors State University (IL), based on Field Education

Accept Second Progress Report

All areas of concern were addressed in the progress report, and no further action by the program is required.

Baccalaureate

  • Livingstone College (NC)

Master's

  • Abilene Christian University (TX)
  • Asbury University (KY)
  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Issue a Letter of Instructions to the Site Visitor

A Letter of Instructions is provided to the site visitor(s) and program specifying Accreditation Standards which the visitor is instructed to address.

Baccalaureate

  • Alabama State University (AL)
  • Asbury University (KY)
  • Hood College (MD)
  • Howard Payne University (TX)
  • Kuyper College (MI)
  • Lubbock Christian University (TX)
  • Trinity Christian College (IL)
  • University of Pikeville (KY)
  • University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (PR)
  • University of West Florida (FL)

Master’s

  • University of West Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)