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October/November 2015 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - October/November 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 October/November 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

  • Azusa Pacific University (CA)
  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)
  • Pacific University (OR)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande (TX)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (WI)

Master’s

  • Azusa Pacific University (CA)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (TX)

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

  • Augsburg College (MN), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL), based on Assessment
  • St. Olaf College (MN), based on Administrative Structure
  • Talladega College (AL), based on Field Education; Diversity; Admissions; Advisement, Retention, and Termination; Resources; and Assessment
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL), based on Field Education

Master’s

  • Arkansas State University (AR), based on Faculty
  • Augsburg College (MN), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure
  • Chicago State University (IL), based on Curriculum, Field Education, Faculty, and Assessment
  • Eastern Michigan University (MI), based on Assessment
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL), based on Assessment
  • Florida Atlantic University (FL), based on Faculty
  • Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program (Nazareth College & SUNY-Brockport) (NY), based on Administrative Structure, 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

  • Grand View University (IA)

Master's

  • Alabama State 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 its Initial Accreditation Self-Study in preparation for its Commissioner Visit III.

Master's

  • College of Saint Scholastica (MN)
  • University of Saint Joseph (CT)

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.

Master's

  • Ferris State University (MI), based on Curriculum and Advisement, Retention and Termination

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

  • Saint Martin's University (WA)
  • Universidad del Turabo, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez (PR)
  • University of North Florida (FL)

Master's

  • Spring Arbor University (MI)

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

  • North Central University (MN), based on Assessment

Master's

  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC), based on Assessment
  • Walden University (MN), based on Diversity and Faculty

Accept First Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello (AR)
  • University of Rio Grande (OH)
  • Carthage College (WI)
  • Chadron State College (NE)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)
  • Utah State University (UT)

Master's

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of California at Berkeley (CA)
  • Utah State University (UT)

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

  • Judson College (AL), 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.

Baccalaureate

  • Limestone College (SC)
  • North Carolina Central University (NC)
  • Southern Arkansas University (AR)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)
  • University of the District of Columbia (DC) 

Master’s

  • Kean University (NJ)
  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

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 which the visitor is instructed to address.

Baccalaureate

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Bloomsburg University (PA)
  • Dominican College of Blauvelt (NY)
  • Eastern Kentucky University (KY)
  • Elizabethtown College (PA)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Malone University (OH)
  • Marian University (WI)
  • Midwestern State University (TX)
  • Mississippi State University-Starkville (MS)
  • Missouri Western State University (MO)
  • Northern Kentucky University (KY)
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Recinto Fajardo (PR)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • The University of St. Francis (IL)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Valley Forge (PA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Master’s

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Bryn Mawr College (PA)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Union University (TN)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (MO)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)