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October 2018 COA Decisions

Council on Social Work Education - Commission on Accreditation

Notice of Accreditation Actions

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 2018 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

  • Cabrini University (PA)
  • College at Brockport, State University of New York (NY)
  • Ferrum College (VA)
  • Idaho State University (ID)
  • Mercy College (NY)
  • Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)
  • Ohio State University,  The (OH)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark Campus (NJ)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NC)
  • Virginia State University (VA)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • Xavier University (OH)

Master's

  • California University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (NJ)
  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

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

  • Alvernia University (PA), based on Assessment
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA), based on Administrative Structure
  • College of Saint Scholastica (MN), based on Diversity, Faculty, and Administrative Structure
  • Kentucky Christian University (KY), based on Generalist Practice, Field Education, Diversity, and Assessment
  • Kutztown University (PA), based on Field Education, Faculty, and Resources
  • Miami University (OH), based on Faculty and Resources
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (MN), based on Assessment
  • Texas Tech University (TX), based on Advisement, retention, and termination
  • Tuskegee University (AL), based on Mission and Goals, Generalist Practice, and Assessment
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Arecibo (PR), based on Field Education and Faculty
  • University of Michigan-Flint (MI), based on Assessment
  • University of Portland (OR), based on Faculty and Administrative Structure

Master’s

  • Binghamton University, State University of New York (NY), based on Advisement, retention, and termination
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, and Assessment
  • Greater Miami Valley MASW Collaborative (Miami University and Wright State University) (OH), based on Faculty and Resources
  • Hunter College, City University of New York (NY), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Kutztown University (PA), 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

  • St. Edward's University (TX), based on Mission and Goals; Generalist Practice; Field Education; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; Resources; and Assessment
  • San Francisco State University (CA), based on Faculty and Assessment
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX), based on Generalist Education; Advisement, retention, and termination; Faculty; and Assessment
  • University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (PR), based on Admissions and Assessment
  • University of Toledo (OH), based on Administrative Structure and Resources
  • Washburn University (KS), based on Generalist Practice; Field Education; Diversity; Admissions; and Advisement, retention, and termination

Master's

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA), based on Faculty; Administrative Structure; and Assessment
  • Ohio State University, The (OH), based on Generalist Practice
  • University of Toledo (OH), based on Administrative Structure and Resources
  • Washburn University (KS), based on Specialized Practice; Field Eduation; Advisement, retention, and termination; and 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.

Master's

  • Montclair State University (NJ)
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (AZ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

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

  • College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)
  • Saint Joseph's College (ME)
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Aguadilla (PR)
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (AR)
  • University of New England (ME)

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

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX), based on Advisement, retention, and termination; Resources; and Assessment

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.

Master's

  • Madonna 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

  • Universidad del Este (PR), based on Explicit Curriculum, Field Education, and Faculty

Defer a Decision on Initial Accreditation

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

  • Liberty University (VA), based on Assessment

Master's

  • Northeastern Illinois University (IL), 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

  • Salisbury University (MD)
  • Southeastern University (FL)
  • Tabor College (KS)
  • University of Pikeville (KY)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Master's

  • Pacific University (OR)
  • University of West Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

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

  • University of West Florida (FL), based on Faculty

Master's

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ponce (PR), based on Faculty

Accept Second Progress Report

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

Master's

  • Ferris State University (MI)

Order a Modified Site Visit

The COA  believes that a program may be out of compliance with one or more educational policy or accreditation standards and ordered a modified site visit to collect more information.  A site visitor is sent, at the program’s expense, to review specific compliance issues. This program is reviewed at the next COA meeting after the site visit.

Baccalaureate

  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Recinto Fajardo (PR), based on Advisement, retention, and termination and Faculty

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.  Programs remain accredited while on Conditional Accredited Status.

Baccalaureate

  • Utah Valley University (UT), based on Faculty, Administrative Structure, Resources, and Assessment

Issue a Letter of Instructions to the Site Visitor

A Letter of Instructions is provided to the site visitor and program specifying Accreditation Standards which the visitor is instructed to address.

Baccalaureate

  • Andrews University (MI)
  • Anna Maria College (MA)
  • Ashland University (OH)
  • Buena Vista University (IA)
  • Defiance College (OH)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • East Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Elizabeth City State University (NC)
  • Fayetteville State University (NC)
  • Fort Hays State University (KS)
  • Heritage University (WA)
  • Iona College (NY)
  • Lincoln University (MO)
  • Marshall University (WV)
  • Meredith College (NC)
  • Miles College (AL)
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (AZ)
  • Oral Roberts University (OK)
  • Saint Mary's College (IN)
  • Salem State University (MA)
  • Savannah State University (GA)
  • Southwest Baptist University (MO)
  • University at Albany, State University of New York (NY)
  • University of Alabama (AL)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of Southern Indiana (IN)
  • University of Tennessee at Martin (TN)
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Master’s

  • Andrews University (MI)
  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • East Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Fayetteville State University (NC)
  • Kean University (NJ)
  • Long Island University Post and Long Island University Brooklyn Collaborative (NY)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Salem State University (MA)
  • Savannah State University (GA)
  • Texas Christian University (TX)
  • Universidad del Este (PR)
  • University at Albany, State University of New York (NY)
  • University of Alabama (AL)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of Southern Indiana (IN)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Accept Program-Requested Withdrawal

The program has requested to withdraw its accredited status and the COA has approved this request.

Baccalaureate

  • Presentation College (SD)