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October/November 2014 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - October/November 2014

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 October/November 2014 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

  • Avila College (MO)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Longwood University (VA)
  • Mount St. Joseph University (OH)
  • Winona State University (MN)

Master’s

  • Colorado State University (CO)

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

  • Carthage College (WI), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Chadron State College (NE), based on Curriculum
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA), based on Field Education, Student Participation, Faculty, and Administrative Structure
  • Goshen College (IN), based on Field Education
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC), based on Assessment
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello (AR), based on Assessment
  • Viterbo University (WI), based on Assessment

Master’s

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato (MN), based on Field Education
  • University of California at Berkeley (CA), based on 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

  • Abilene Christian University (TX), based on Field Education, Diversity, and Assessment
  • Radford University (VA), based on Assessment 

Master’s

  • Abilene Christian University (TX), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Assessment 
  • Radford University (VA), based on Assessment

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

  •  Seton Hill University (PA)

Restore Accredited Status and Request a Progress Report

A program on Conditional Accredited Status submitted a restoration report to have full accreditation restored, 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.

Master's

  • Monmouth University (NJ), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, 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.

Baccalaureate

  • Tabor College (KS)

Master's

  • Ferris State University (MI)
  • University of Saint Joseph (CT)

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.

Baccalaureate

  • Brandman University (CA), based on Mission and Goals

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

  • Saint Martin's University (WA) 

Master's

  • Texas Christian University (TX)
  • Walden University (MN)

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

  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC), based on Curriculum and Assessment 
  • Spring Arbor University (MI), based on Student Participation and Administrative Structure

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

  • Universidad del Turabo, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez (PR)
  • University of North Florida (FL)

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.

Master's

  • North Central University (MN), based on Faculty 

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

  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)
  • Union Institute and University (OH) 

Accept First Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Bradley University (IL)
  • Concordia University (OR)
  • Creighton University (NE)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
  • Jacksonville State University (AL)
  • Northern Michigan University (MI)
  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Sacred Heart University (CT)
  • Saint Leo University (FL)
  • Southwest Baptist University (MO)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)

Master's

  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • West Chester University (PA)

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 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

  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX), based on Curriculum
  • Limestone College (SC), based on Field Education and Assessment
  • Southern Arkansas University (AR), based on Mission Statement and Assessment

Master’s

  • Ohio University (OH), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • University of Southern Maine (ME), based on Faculty and Assessment

Accept Second 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)
  • Concordia College (NY)
  • Kentucky State University (KY)
  • New Mexico Highlands University (NM) 
  • Pittsburg State University (KS)
  • St. Augustine College (IL)

Master's

  • New Mexico Highlands University (NM) 

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

  • Central Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • Frostburg State University (MD)
  • Governors State University (IL)
  • MacMurray College (IL)
  • Manchester University (IN)
  • Plymouth State University (NH)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • San Jose State University (CA)
  • Skidmore College (NY)
  • Spring Arbor University (MI)
  • Texas Christian University (TX)
  • University of Charleston-Beckley (WV)
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Ursuline College (OH)
  • Utah State University (UT)
  • Wayne State University (MI)

Master’s

  • Asbury University (KY)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • Governors State University (IL)
  • San Jose State University (CA)
  • Touro College (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Utah State University (UT)
  • Wayne State University (MI)