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June 2015 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - June 2015

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 2015 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

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • Frostburg State University (MD)
  • MacMurray College (IL)
  • Manchester University (IN)
  • Plymouth State University (ND)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Skidmore College (NY)
  • Spring Arbor University (MI)
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • Wayne State 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

  • Central Connecticut State University (CT), based on Faculty
  • College at Fredonia, State University of New York (NY), based on Mission and Goals and Faculty
  • San Jose State University (CA), based on Faculty 
  • Texas Christian University (TX), based on Curriculum, Administrative Structure, and Assessment
  • University of Charleston-Beckley (WV), based on Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI), based on Field Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI), based on Curriculum and Faculty
  • Ursuline College (OH), based on Administrative Structure
  • Utah State University (UT), based on Faculty

Master’s

  • Asbury University (KY), based on Administrative Structure and Resources
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Clark Atlanta University (GA), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • San Jose State University (CA), based on Admissions and Faculty
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA), based on Field Education and Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI), based on Faculty
  • Utah State University (UT), based on Faculty
  • Wayne State University (MI), 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

  • Governors State University (IL), based on Field Education, Resources, and Assessment 

Master’s

  • Governors State University (IL), based on Field Education, Diversity, 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 Minnesota-Duluth (MN)

Master's

  • Samford University (AL)

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

  • Brandman University (CA)
  • Universidad Central de Bayamon (PR)

Master's

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • Quinnipiac University (CT) 

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

  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Master's

  • Concord University (WV)

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

  • West Liberty University (WV), based on Assessment

Master's

  • Indiana State University (IN), based on Assessment
  • Texas Christian University (TX), 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

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • Monmouth University (NJ)
  • Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (MS)
  • Utah Valley University (UT)

Master's

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)
  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)
  • Greater Miami Valley MASW Collaborative (Miami University and Wright State University) (OH)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato (MN) 
  • Monmouth University (NJ)
  • Spalding University (KY)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • The University of St. Francis (IL)


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

  • Angelo State University (TX), based on Assessment
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC), based on Assessment
  • Seton Hill University (PA), based on Assessment
  • University of the District of Columbia (DC), based on Assessment

Master’s

  •  University of Southern Mississippi (MS), based on Admissions

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University (TX) 

Master’s

  • Delaware State University (DE)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME) 

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

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • Cornerstone University (MI)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • Georgian Court University (NJ)
  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • King University (TN)
  • Mississippi College (MS)
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (LA)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)
  • Ramapo College (NJ)
  • Siena College (NY)
  • Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Texas Southern University (TX) 
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks (AK)
  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • William Woods University (MO)

Master’s

  • Campbellsville University (KY)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)