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June 2016 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - June 2016

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/November.

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) took the following actions at its June 2016 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.

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

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ashburn University (AL)
  • Dominican College of Blauvelt (NY)
  • Elizabethtown College (PA)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Malone University (OH)
  • Mississippi State University-Starkville (MS)
  • Missouri Western State University (MO)
  • Northern Kentucky University (KY)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • The University of Saint Francis (IL)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Master's

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Bryn Mawr College (PA)
  • Forida International University (FL)
  • Union University (TN)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (MO)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

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

  • Eastern Kentucky University (KY), based on Curriculum, Faculty, and Assessment
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (PA), based on Faculty
  • Midwestern State University (TX), based on Advisement, Retention, and Termination
  • University of Valley Forge (PA), based on Mission and Goals

Master’s

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX), based on Faculty

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

  • Bloomburg University (PA), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Mississippi College (MS), based on Assessment
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Fajardo (PR), based on Curriculum, Field Education, Diversity, Admissions, Advisement, Retention, Termination, Student Participation, Faculty, and Resources

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.

Master's

  • Keuka College (NY)
  • Nyack College (NY)

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.

Baccalaureate

  • Fresno Pacific University (CA), based on Curriculum and Administrative Structure

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

  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN)

Master's

  • Pacific University (OR)
  • Samford University (AL)

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

  • Central State University (OH), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, and Resources
  • Hunter College, City University of New York (NY), based on Resources
  • Tabor College (KS), based on 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.

Baccalaureate

  • Brandman University (CA)

Master's

  • College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

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

  • Universidad Central de Bayamon (PR), based on Curriculum

Master's

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA), based on Field Education

Accept First Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • College at Fredonia, State University of New York (NY)
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)
  • San Jose State University (CA)
  • Texas Christian University (TX)
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Ursuline College (OH)
  • West Liberty University (WV)

Master's

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)
  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Radford University (VA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)
  • Wayne State University (MI)
  • Wheelock College (MA)

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

  • Central Connecticut State University (CT), based on Faculty

Master's

  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA), based on Assessment
  • Clark Atlanta University (GA), based on Faculty
  • San Jose State University (CA), based on Admissions
  • Texas Christian University (TX), based on Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI), based on Faculty

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Angelo State University (TX)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)
  • Philander Smith College (AR)
  • Seton Hill University (PA)

Master's

  • University of Southern Mississippi (MS)

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

  • Augusta University (GA)
  • Aurora University (IL)
  • Barry University (FL)
  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Catholic University of America (DC)
  • Cedar Crest College (PA)
  • Daemen College (NY)
  • Gallaudet University (DC)
  • Harding University (AR)
  • Hope College (MI)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (ID)
  • Mary Baldwin University (VA)
  • Methodist University (NC)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • University of Findlay (OH)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • West Virginia State University (WV)

Master’s

  • Aurora University (IL)
  • Barry University (FL)
  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Catholic University of America (DC)
  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • Gallaudet University (DC)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • North Carolina Central University (NC)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • University of Akron (OH)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)
  • West Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Westfield State University (MA)

Program-Requested Withdrawal

The program has requested to withdraw its accredited status and the Commission on Accreditation has approved this request.

Baccalaureate

  • Union College (KY)
  • University of Charleston-Beckley (WV)