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October 2016 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions - October 2016

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 October2016 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 and 2015 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

  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • Marywood University (PA)
  • Mississippi College (MS)
  • Olivet Nazarene University (IL)
  • University of Central Florida (FL)
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake (TX)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Whittier College (CA)

Master's

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • Marywood University (PA)
  • University of South Carolina (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 1 year.

Baccalaureate

  • Alcorn State University (MS), based on Field Education
  • Barton College (NC), based on Field Education; Advisement, retention, and termination; and Administrative Structure
  • Bloomburg University (PA), based on Faculty
  • California State University, Fresno (CA), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment
  • Nazareth College of Rochester (NY), based on Curriculum
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE), based on Field Education
  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL), based on Advisement, Retention, and termination and Faculty
  • Northwestern College (IA), based on Field Education and Advisement, Retention, and termination
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Fajardo (PR), based on Field Education; Diversity; Advisement, retention, and termination; Student participation; and Faculty
  • University of Guam (GU), based on Resources and Assessment
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI), based on Curriculum, Field Education, and Diversity

Master’s

  • California State University, Fresno (CA), based on Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment
  • East Carolina University (NC), based on Curriculum, Faculty, and Resources
  • Stockton University (NJ), based on Field Education

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

  • Regis College (MA), based on Diversity and Assessment
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (LA), based on Admissions, Faculty, and Assessment

Master’s

  • University of Central Florida (FL), 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

  • Fort Valley State University (GA)
  • Fresno Pacific University (CA)
  • Goodwin College (CT)
  • Universidad del Este (PR)

Master's

  • Madonna University (MI)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL)

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.

Baccalaureate

  • Central State University (OH)
  • Grant View University (IA)
  • Hunter College, City University of New York (NY)
  • Tabor College (KS)

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

  • Alabama State University (AL), based on Curriculum; Admissions; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; and Resources

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.

Master's

  • Ferris State University (MI), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Assessment
  • University of Saint Joseph (CT), 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

  • Georgian Court University (NJ)
  • North Central University (MN)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)
  • University of Valley Forge (PA)

Master's

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)
  • Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program (Nazareth Colelge and SUNY-Brockport) (NY)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)
  • Park University (MO)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)
  • Walden University (MN)

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

  • Talladega College (AL), based on Field Education; Advisement, retention, and termination; and Assessment

Master's

  • Asbury University (KY), based on Administrative Structure
  • California State University, Fullerton (CA), based on Field Education

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Baccalaureate

  • Central Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Judson College (AL)

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

  • Anderson University (IN)
  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii (HI)
  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Clarke University (IA)
  • Columbia College (SC)
  • Eastern Nazarene College (MA)
  • Loras College (IA)
  • Marygrove College (MI)
  • Mississippi Valley State University (MS)
  • Molloy College (NY)
  • Mount Mary University (WI)
  • Northwest Nazarene University (ID)
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (NY)
  • Siena Heights University (MI)
  • Southern Adventist University (TN)
  • University of Houston-Downtown (TX)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • Warner University (FL)
  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Western Illinois University (IL)

Master’s

  • Mid-Tennessee Collaborative (Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University) (TN)
  • Northwest Nazarene University (ID)
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ponce (PR)
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (NY)
  • Southern Adventist University (TN)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • Western New Mexico University (NM)