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October 2017 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions, October 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 COA took the following actions at its October2017 meeting regarding the social work programs sponsored by the institutions listed below. These actions 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

  • Eastern Nazarene College (MA)
  • Kuyper College (MI)
  • Loras College (IA)
  • Lubbock Christian University (TX)
  • Trinity Christian College (IL)

Master's

  • Mid-Tennessee Collaborative (Austin Peay State U, Middle Tennessee State U, and Tennessee State U) (TN)

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

  • Asbury University (KY), based on Advisement, retention, and termination
  • Hood College (MD), based on Administrative Structure
  • Howard Payne University (TX), based on Field Education
  • University of Pikeville (KY), based on Resources
  • University of South Dakota (SD), based on Assessment
  • University of West Florida (FL), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment

Master’s

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ponce (PR), based on Diversity and Faculty
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX), based on Administrative Structure
  • University of West Florida (FL), based on Specialized Practice, Field Education, Resources, and Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI), based on Mission and Goals, Generalist Practice, Specialized Practice, and Assessment

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

  • University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (PR), based on Curriculum, Diversity, Faculty, 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

  • University of Phoenix (AZ)

Master's

  • University of North Florida (FL)

Defer a Decision on Candidacy Status

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

  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (AR), based on Generalist Practice, Faculty, 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

  • Fresno Pacific University (CA)
  • Liberty University (VA)

Master's

  • Alabama State University (AL)
  • Keuka College (NY)

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 Curriculum, Field Education, and Assessment
  • Universidad del Este (PR), based on Admissions and Administrative Structure

Master's

  • Madonna University (MI), based on Admissions and Advisement, retention, and termination
  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL), based on Resources and 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.

Baccalaureate

  • Grand View University (IA)

Master's

  • George Fox University (OR)

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

  • Tabor College (KS), based on Field Education and Advisement, retention, and termination

Accept First Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Alcorn State University (MS)
  • Barry University (FL)
  • Barton College (NC)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • California State University, Fresno (CA)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Mount Mary University (WI)
  • Nazareth College of Rochester (NY)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL)
  • Northwestern College (IA)
  • Texas A&M University-Central Texas (TX)
  • University of Saint Joseph (CT)

Master's

  • Dominican (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

  • California State University, Fresno (CA), based on Faculty
  • Ferris State University (MI), based on Assessment
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Recinto Fajardo (PR), based on Curriculum; Field Education; Admissions; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; and Resources
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN), based on Assessment

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Master's

  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

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 that the visitor is instructed to address.

Baccalaureate

  • Bowie State University (MD)
  • Briar Cliff University (IA)
  • Cairn University (PA)
  • California State University, San Bernadino (CA)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Cedarville University (OH)
  • College of Saint Scholastica (MN)
  • Concordia College (MN)
  • Concordia University Wisconsin (WI)
  • Ferrum College (VA)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Judson College (AL)
  • Lewis University (IL)
  • Rhode Island College (RI)
  • Saint Francis University (PA)
  • Saint Louis University (MD)
  • Salisbury University (MD)
  • Shippensburg University (PA)
  • Simmons College (MA)
  • Southeastern University (FL)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (MN)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook (NY)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage (AK)
  • University of Detroit Mercy (MI)
  • University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (HI)
  • University of Kansas (KS)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)
  • University of Michigan-Flint (MI)
  • Winston Salem State University (NC)

Master’s

  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Rhode Island College (RI)
  • Saint Leo University (FL)
  • Saint Louis University (MD)
  • Salisbury University (MD)
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook (NY)
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage (AK)
  • University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (HI)
  • University of Kansas (KS)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (MD)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Valdosta State University (GA)
  • Yeshiva University (NY)