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February 2018 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - February 2018

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 2018 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

  • Adelphi University (NY)
  • Anderson University (IN)
  • Angelo State University (TX)
  • Evangel University (MO)
  • Oakwood University (AL)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Master's

  • Adelphi University (NY)
  • University of Memphis (TN)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

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

  • College of Staten Island (NY), based on Advisement, retention, and termination
  • Coppin State University (MD), based on Explicit Curriculum, Diversity, and Assessment
  • Fontbonne University (MO), based on Advisement, retention, and termination; Student Participation; Faculty; and Assessment
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • Murray State University (KY), based on Generalist Practice; Faculty; Administrative Structure; and Assessment
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL), based on Assessment

Master’s

  • Albany State University (GA), based on Assessment
  • Loma Linda University (CA), based on Assessment
  • North Carolina Central University (NC), based on Field Education and Faculty
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL), based on Generalist Practice, Specialized Practice, Diversity, and Assessment
  • University of New England (ME), based on Mission and Goals; Generalist Practice; Field Education; Diversity; Student participation; Faculty; Administrative Structure; Resources; and Assessment
  • University of Southern California (CA), based on Advisement, retention, and termination

Place on Conditional Accredited Status

The COA finds the program out of compliance with one or more educational policy and/or accreditation standard and places it on conditional accredited status if it believes that noncompliance issues can be resolved by the program within 1 year. The COA’s letter identifies specific areas of noncompliance. Conditional status is an adverse decision, and programs may request reconsideration. If the program accepts the COA’s decision, it submits a restoration report.  Programs remain accredited while on Conditional Accredited Status.

Baccalaureate

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA), based on Admissions and Faculty, with Progress Report based on Generalist Practice; Field Education; Diversity; Admissions; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; Administrative Structure; Resources; and Assessment
  • Talladega College (AL), based on Assessment

Master’s

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA), based on Admissions, with Progress Report based on Generalist Practice; Specialized Practice; Field Education; Diversity; Admissions; Faculty; Administrative Structure; Resources; and Assessment

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

  • ​Gwynedd Mercy University (PA)
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (AR)

Master's

  • Anna Maria College (MA)
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Concordia University Wisconsin (WI)
  • Lewis University (IL)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (MI)
  • Southeastern University (FL)

Defer a Decision on 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.

Master's

  • Utah Valley University (UT), based on Generalist Practice

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

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College (TN)
  • Universidad del Este (PR)
  • Walden University (MN)

Master's

  • Brescia University (KY)
  • Madonna University (MI)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL)
  • Sacred Heart University (CT)
  • Tarleton State University (TX)
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (TN)

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

  • Fort Valley State University (GA), based on Assessment

Master's

  • California Baptist University (CA), based on Admissions
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IN), based on Specialized Practice; Admissions; Advisement, retention, and termination; and Assessment
  • Marshall University (WV), based on Assessment
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL), based on Generalist Practice, Specialized Practice, and Assessment
  • University of Indianapolis, based on Field Education and Advisement, retention, and termination

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

  • Ramapo College (NJ)
  • Texas Tech University (TX)

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

  • Greenville College (IL), based on Advisement, retention, and termination
  • Missouri Southern State University (MO), based on Admissions, Resources, and Assessment
  • Neumann University (PA), based on Assessment
  • Northern Arizona University, Yuma (AZ), based on Administrative Structure and Assessment  

Master's

  • Capella University (MN), based on Assessment
  • Daemen College (NY), based on Admissions; Advisement, retention, and termination; and Assessment
  • Seton Hall University (NJ), based on Field Education; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; Administrative Structure; 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

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Hood College (MD)
  • Howard Payne University (TX
  • Marian University (WI)
  • Mary Baldwin University (VA)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)

Master's

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Gallaudet University (DC)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • West Texas A&M Universeity (TX)

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

  • Aurora University (IL), based on Advisement, retention, and promotion
  • University of Guam (GU), based on Assessment
  • University of Mississippi (MS), based on Admissions, Faculty, Administrative Structure, and Resources
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI), based on Mission and Goals

Master's

  • Aurora University (IL), based on Faculty
  • University of Mississippi (MS), based on Administrative Structure and Resources

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Governors State University (IL)
  • King University (TN)
  • Tennessee State University (IL)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN)

Master's

  • Governors State University (IL)

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

  • Alvernia University (PA)
  • Cabrini University (PA)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • College at Brockport, State University of New York (NY)
  • Eastern University (PA)
  • Idaho State University (ID)
  • Kentucky Christian University (KY)
  • Kutztown University (PA)
  • Mercy College (NY)
  • Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • Miami University (OH)
  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)
  • Ohio State University (OH)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark Campus (NJ)
  • St. Edward's University (TX)
  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • Texas Tech University (TX)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)
  • Tuskegee University (AL)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)
  • University of Portland (OR)
  • University of Toledo (OH)
  • Utah Valley University (UT)
  • Virginia State University (VA)
  • Warren WIlson College (NC)
  • Washburn Univeresity (KS)
  • Xavier University (OH)

Master’s

  • Binghamton University, State University of New York (NY)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Greater Miami Valley MASW Collaborative (Miami University and Wright State University) (OH)
  • Hunter College, City University of New York (NY)
  • Kutztown University (PA)
  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • Ohio State University (OH)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ)
  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Toledo (OH)
  • Washburn University (KS)