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June 2013 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - June 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 June 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

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Calvin College (MI)
  • Christopher Newport University (VA)
  • Dordt College (IA)
  • Gannon University (PA)
  • Keuka College (NY)
  • La Salle University (PA)
  • Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (NY)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • Texas Woman's University (TX)
  • Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (PR)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC)
  • University of Washington (WA)
  • Wichita State University (KS)

Master’s

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Mississippi Valley State University (MS)
  • Springfield College (MA)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of Washington (WA)
  • Wichita State University (KS)

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

  • Bethel University (MN), based on Assessment
  • Creighton University (NE), based on Assessment
  • Delaware State University (DE), based on Field Education, Admissions, and Faculty
  • Pittsburg State University (KS), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Assessment
  • South Carolina State University (SC), based on Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Administrative Structure

Master’s

  • Delaware State University (DE), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, and Assessment
  • Kean University (NJ), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment
  • Simmons College (MA), based on Assessment

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

The COA finds that the program’s documentation is insufficient to make a decision, so the program must submit documentation or clarification necessary for the COA to make a decision at the next meeting.

Baccalaureate

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT), based on Assessment 
  • Northern Michigan University (MI), based on Curriculum and Assessment
  • Sacred Heart University (CT), based on Admissions and Assessment
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington (NC), based on Assessment

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.

Baccalaureate

  • Southern University and A&M College (LA), based on Faculty

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.

Baccalaureate

  • Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Master's

  • Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

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

  • East Stroudsburg University (PA)

Master's

  • Concord University (WV)

Defer Decision on 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.

Master's

  • Texas Christian University (TX), based on Curriculum
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Arecibo (PR), 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 Benchmark III in preparation for its Commissioner Visit III.

Baccalaureate

  • College of Staten Island (NY)
  • Simmons College (MA)

Master's

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Universidad del Este (PR)

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

  • Lincoln University (MO), based on Assessment
  • North Central University (MN), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • Utah Valley University (UT), based on Assessment
  • Virginia Wesleyan College (VA), based on Curriculum, Resources, and Assessment

Master's

  • Greater Miami Valley Collaborative (OH), based on Assessment
  • 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

  • Angelo State University (TX)
  • Southwest Baptist University (MO)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

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

  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Clarke University (IA)
  • Fontbonne University (MO)
  • Lewis University (IL)
  • Warner University (FL)

Master's

  • Mid-Tennessee Collaborative (Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University) (TN)
  • Saint Leo University (FL)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • Western New Mexico University (NM)

Grant Initial Accreditation for 4 Years with a Progress Report to be Reviewed by the COA

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

  • Loras College (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

  • Lehman College, City University of New York (NY)
  • Mars Hill College (NC)
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead (MN)
  • Nyack College (NY)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield (IL)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE)

Master's

  • Lehman College, City University of New York (NY)
  • North Carolina Central University (NC)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

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

  • Alcorn State University (MS), based on Resources and Faculty
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (CO), based on Field Education 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

  • Elizabeth City State University (NC)
  • Miami University (OH)
  • Taylor University (IN)

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

  • Adrian College (MI)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Bethany College (WV)
  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • College of Saint Rose (NY)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Gordon College (MA)
  • Huntington University (IN)
  • Limestone College (SC)
  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Mississippi State University-Meridian (MS)
  • Pacific Union College (CA)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Tarleton State University (TX)
  • University of Akron (OH)
  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • University of North Dakota (ND)
  • University of South Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
  • Western Carolina University (NC)
  • Westfield State University (MA)

Master’s

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Millersville University and Shippensburg University Collaborative (PA)
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • University of North Dakota (ND)
  • University of South Florida (FL)
  • Western Carolina University (NC)