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Accreditation

West Virginia State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. There are two types of educational accreditation: institutional and specialized. The Higher Learning Commission conducts institutional accreditation.

Institutional accreditation is provided by regional and national associations of schools and colleges. There are six regional associations, each named after the region in which it operates (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western).  An institutional accrediting agency evaluates an entire educational organization in terms of its mission and the agency’s standards or criteria.

WVSU was first accredited in 1927, becoming the second black, land-grant institution to be accredited by a regional association. Of all the state’s higher education institutions, West Virginia State University has the longest record of continuous accreditation.

In addition to accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, West Virginia State University is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.

Other programs at WVSU also have earned individual accreditation by nationally recognized organizations.
  • The Business Administration and Economics program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.
  • The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
 For more information on program accreditations, please click here.
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