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JohnsonC. Smith earns SACS accreditation for more master's degrees

JohnsonC. Smith earns SACS accreditation for more master
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on December 15, 2015

Johnson C. Smith University was recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for continued accreditation at an advanced degree level. SACSCOC previously approved the University’s application to move from a Level II to a Level III institution in December 2013 to offer a Master of Social Work program. The recent decision extends JCSU the opportunity to offer additional master-level degrees.

“Our work in developing a strong Master of Social Work program will be very valuable as we add master’s degrees in other disciplines,” said President Ronald L. Carter. “The graduate program will provide an additional revenue stream for the University while increasing opportunities for non-traditional students to earn master’s degrees. Our vision-in-mission is thriving as we continue to build a national reputation for innovative programs.”

In March 2015, a Substantive Change Committee conducted an on-site review. During this visit, the committee reviewed JCSU’s compliance with several principles of accreditation, including governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, faculty, library and learning resources, student services, financial resources and physical resources.



Based on the committee’s report and the University’s response report, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees gave a positive vote at its December annual meeting in Houston.

The decision furthers the University’s goal of developing a comprehensive graduate program and increases JCSU’s footprint as a new urban university.

“This decision is further evidence of the quality of our faculty and staff and the commitment of our administration and Board of Trustees to move the University forward with quality graduate programs,” said Dr. Jeanne F. Cook, director of the MSW program. “I am delighted that SACSCOC has recognized this.”
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About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
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