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Institutional Accreditation

West Virginia State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges ( West Virginia State University has maintained continuous accreditation by the Higher Learning Committee (HLC) of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges since 1927. Of all West Virginia’s higher education institutions, West Virginia State University has the longest record of continuous accreditation.

HLC conducts comprehensive evaluations of member institutions to confirm that the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation, is pursuing institutional improvement and complies with requirements sets by the U.S. Department of Education. Evaluations are conducted by teams of peer reviewers.

For accredited institutions, comprehensive evaluations occur at different points along each pathway for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Program Accreditation

A specialized accrediting body evaluates particular units, schools, or programs within an institution. Specialized accreditation, also called program accreditation, is often associated with national professional associations, such as those for engineering, medicine, and law, or with specific disciplines, such as business, teacher education, psychology, or social work.

Program Accreditation at WVSU

  • The Teacher Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); 
  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in the Department of Business Administration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • The YellowJacket Early Enrollment/Dual Credit Program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
  • Option A of the bachelor’s degree in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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