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February 2013 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - February 2013

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 2013 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

  • Castleton State College (VT)
  • Georgia State University (GA)
  • Indiana University (IN)
  • Juniata College (PA)
  • Lincoln Memorial University (TN)
  • Morgan State University (MD)
  • Mount Mercy University (IA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Northeastern State University (OK)
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Plattsburgh State University of New York (NY)
  • Thomas University (GA)
  • University of Mary (ND)
  • University of Memphis (TN)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (NE)
  • Wartburg College (IA)
  • West Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Western Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Widener University (PA)
  • Winthrop University (SC)
  • Youngstown State University (OH)

Master’s

  • Georgia State University (GA)
  • Indiana University (IN)
  • Morgan State University (MD)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Tulane University (LA)
  • Widener University (PA)
  • Winthrop University (SC)

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 one year.

Baccalaureate

  • Bluffton University (OH), based on Curriculum, Faculty, and Assessment
  • Campbellsville University (KY), based on Administrative Structure and Assessment
  • Lindenwood University (MO), based on Mission and Goals
  • Rust College (MS), based on Assessment
  • Southern University and A&M College (LA), based on Faculty
  • University of Cincinnati (OH), based on Assessment
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Resources
  • University of South Alabama (AL), based on Assessment

Master’s

  • Kennesaw State University (GA), based on Admissions and Assessment
  • University of Cincinnati (OH), based on assessment
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE), based on Field Education and Resources

Restore Accredited Status

A program on Conditional Accredited Status submitted a restoration report to have full accreditation restored. The COA review of the program's restoration report finds that the program has taken corrective action and is in compliance with all standards. The program's accredited status is restored until its next accreditation cycle.

Master's

  • University of Iowa (IA)

Restore Accredited Status with a Progress Report

A program on Conditional Accreditated Status submitted a restoration report to have full accreditation restored. The COA review of the program's restoration report finds that the program has taken corrective action and is in compliance with all standards, but identifies one or more areas of concern that must be addressed in a progress report. The program's continued accreditation is restored until its next accreditation cycle, with a progress report to be submitted within one year.

Baccalaureate

  • Ferris State University (MI), based on Faculty

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 North Florida (FL)
  • West Liberty University (WV)

Master's

  • Indiana State University (IN)

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 Benchmark III in preparation for its Commissioner Visit III.

Baccalaureate

  • Fayetteville State University (NC)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

Master's

  • Albany State University (GA)

Defer Decision on Second Year of Candidacy 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

  • College of Staten Island (NY), based on Diversity and Assessment

Master's

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO), based on Faculty
  • Universidad del Este (PR), based on Curriculum, Faculty, and Resources
  • University of Memphis (TN), based on Assessment

Grant a Third Year of Candidacy

The COA finds that the program is in compliance with Benchmark III and grants the program a third year in candidacy. The decision letter instructs the program to prepare Benchmark IV in preparation for its Commissioner Visit IV.

Baccalaureate

  • Virginia State University (VA)

Master's

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)
  • Northern Kentucky University (KY)

Defer Decision on Third Year of Candidacy 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

  • Angelo State University (TX), based on Diversity and Faculty
  • Sojourner Douglass College (MD), based on Concentration Objectives, Program Governance, Administrative Structure, Resources, Faculty, Student Professional Development, Nondiscrimination and Human Diversity, Program Renewal, and Program Assessment and Continuous Improvement .

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

  • Mary Baldwin University (VA)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Master's

  • Southern Adventist University (TN)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • West Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Westfield State University (MA)

Defer Decision on Initial Accreditation 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

  • Clarke University (IA), based on 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

  • Carlow University (PA)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Master's

  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (NJ)

Receive First Progress Report and Request a Second Progress Report

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 one 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

  • Morehead State University (KY), based on Faculty
  • Walla Walla University (WA), based on Faculty

Master's

  • Walla Walla University (WA), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Anna Maria College (MA)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Humboldt State University (CA)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Western New Mexico University (NM)

Master's

  • Humboldt State University (CA)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)

Issue a Letter of Instructions to the Site Visitor(s)

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

Baccalaureate

  • Delta State University (MS)
  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
  • Jacksonville State University (AL)
  • Livingstone College (NC)
  • Louisiana College (LA)
  • Lourdes College (OH)
  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • Saint Leo University (FL)
  • Shaw University (NC)
  • Southern Arkansas University (AR)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Union University (TN)
  • University of Oklahoma (OK)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Valparaiso University (IN)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • York College, City University of New York (NY)

Master’s

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)
  • University of Oklahoma (OK)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • West Chester University (PA)
  • West Virginia University (WV)