Mississippi University for Women
Accreditation Information

(Updated 04.09.14)

Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the levels of associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate. Initial accreditation was received in 1921. MUW's last reaffirmation was in 2003; its next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2014 (http://www.sacscoc.org/details.asp?instid=49760). MUW received no recommendations for its Fifth-Year Interim Report submitted in 2010. For SACSCOC's Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, see this link: (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/2012PrinciplesOfAcreditation.pdf). Dr. Daniel Heimmermann, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Martin Hatton, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, are campus contacts for SACSCOC accreditation. Questions about the accreditation of Mississippi University for Women also may be directed by mail to the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or by calling 404-679-4500.

Below is a table of accredited MUW programs. Costs listed are estimates based on the best data available at the time of compilation.

 

Accredited
Program

Campus Contact for Accreditation

Accrediting
Body (Acronym)

Website of
Accrediting Body

Last
Visit

Next
Visit

Required Institutional Action/Interim Reports

Accreditation Agency Action

Annual Fee: Membership

Size of Team/ Length of Visit

                   

Associate of Science
in Nursing

Dr. Sheila Adams
and
Ms. Mary Jo Kirkpatrick

1.National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

Changed June 2013 to:
Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

www.nlnac.org
Changed June 2013 to:
www.acenursing.org

Fall
2013

Fall
2021

Submit Annual Compliance Report in October or November each year (ACEN sends due date each fall)

Continuing accreditation for max allowed of 8 years in 2005. 2013 visit has been through the first two levels of review which found the program to be in compliance with all standards.

Received formal notification letter from ACEN on April 4, 2014. ACEN Board of Commissioners granted program continuing accreditation. Next visit scheduled Fall 2021.

$3,000

2 team members/
3 days

   

2. MS Institutions of Higher Learning, Board of Trustees (IHL BOT)

AND
www.ihl.state.ms.us

Fall
2013

Fall
2021

Submit Annual Compliance Report in October of each year

Same as above

$150 total for MS Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing for all
3 nursing programs

2 team members/
3 days

                   

Bachelor of Science
in Nursing

Dr. Sheila Adams
and
Dr. Tammie McCoy

1.Commission on
Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE)

 

www.aacn.nche.edu

Spring
2010

Spring
2020

Submitted continuous improvement progress report at mid-point of accreditation term
(12-01-2015)

Continuing accreditation for the maximum allowed, 10 yrs.

$6,000 total for both the BSN and MN Programs

3 team members/
3 days for both BSN and MN Programs

   

2. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Board of Trustees (IHL BOT)

AND
www.ihl.state.ms.us

Spring
2010

Spring
2020

Submit Annual Compliance Report in October of each year

Same as above

See above for one fee for all three nursing programs

2-3 team members/
3 days for both programs

                   

Masters in Nursing

Dr. Sheila Adams
and
Dr. Johnnie Wijewardane

1.Commission on
Collegiate
Nursing Education (CCNE)

www.aacn.nche.edu

Spring
2010

Spring
2020

Submitted continuous improvement progress report at mid-point of accreditation term
(12-01-2015)

Continuing accreditation for the maximum allowed,10 yrs.

See above for BSN and MN Program costs

Same as BSN
above

   

2. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Board of Trustees (IHL BOT)

AND
www.ihl.state.ms.us

 

Spring
2010

Spring
2020

Submit Annual Compliance Report in October of each year

Same as above

See above for one fee for all three nursing programs

Same as BSN
above

                   

Master of Science in Speech- Language Pathology

Dr. Sheila Adams
and
Joy Townsend

Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

www.asha.org

Spring
2011

Spring
2019

Submit Annual Compliance Report in September of each year

Continuing accreditation for the maximum allowed, 8 yrs.

$1,960

3 team members/
2-3 days

 

                   

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Sheila Adams
and
Dr. Johnnie Sue Wijewardane

1.Mississippi
Institutions of
Higher Learning Board of Trustees (IHL Board)

www.ihl.state.ms.us

 

 

     

Initial accreditation in May 2012

   
                   

Bachelor of Science in Accounting
and
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Dr. Scott Tollison
and
Dr. Marty Brock

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

www.acbsp.org

Spring
2010

Spring
2020

No interim report required. Periodic
report to ACBSP due every two years. Last self-report submitted
09-30-08

Continuing accreditation for the max allowed, 10 yrs

$1850

3 team members/3 days

                   

Bachelor of Arts in Music
and
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
and
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Dr. Julia Mortyakova

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

www.nasm.arts-accredit.org

2002

Spring
2014

Submit annual Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) report.

Continuing accreditation for max allowed, 10 yrs

$1324, invoice on September
1 of each year

2 team members/2 days

                   
                   

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts
and
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Shawn Dickey

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

www.nsad.arts-accredit.org

Spring
2012

Spring
2022

Submit annual Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) report.

Continuing accreditation for max allowed, 10 yrs

$1556 paid 2012 (invoiced annually on July 1)

 

2 team members, 1-2 day visit

                   

Bachelor of Arts/Science in Legal Studies

Wesley Garrett, J.D.

American Bar
Association (ABA)

www.americanbar.org/
groups/paralegals.html

Spring 2011

Spring 2016

Interim report every three years.

Continuing approval for max allowed, 7 yrs

$1250 due on or before May
1 each year

2 team members/1 to 1
1/2 days

                   

Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Dr. Holleen Krogh

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

www.ncfr.org

Spring
2009

Spring
2014

Typically no visit is required, but documentation must be submitted every 5 yrs

Continuing accreditation for max allowed, 5 yrs

None

None required; NCFR can send
1-2 team members/ 1-2
Days

                   

All teacher education
programs (initial and
advanced)

Dr. Sue Jolly-Smith

1. Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)

www.mde.k12.ms.us

Spring
2011

Pending

Report submitted annually.

Continuing accreditation

None

1 day

   

2. National Council for Accreditation
in Teacher Education (NCATE), becoming the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP)

www.ncate.org

Fall
2012

Fall
2019

Reports submitted annually to address areas
for improvement.

Continuing accreditation

$3500 (varies based on number of graduates)

5-7 team members (includes MDE team who conducts concurrent review)/ 3 days

   

3. Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs)

     

SPA reports submitted about one year prior to NCATE visit

Continuing accreditation

 

NA

 

Below is a table of nationally recognized MUW programs. All of these programs submitted portfolios for national recognition by the indicated Specialized Professional Associations in compliance with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accrediting process. The next site visit for NCATE is fall 2019.

 

Accredited
Program

Campus Contact for Accreditation

Accrediting
Body (Acronym)

Website of
Accrediting Body

Last*
Visit

Next
Visit

Required Institutional Action/Interim Reports

Accreditation Agency Action

Annual Fee: Membership

Size of Team/ Length of Visit

                   

B.S.
-Kinesiology, Teaching Certification

Dr. Mark Bean

- American Alliance for Heath, Physical Education (AAHPERD)

www.aahperd.org

   

Submitted an initial report 9-15-12, submitted a response to conditions, 9-15-12

Nationally recognized with conditions through 9-15-14

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Bachelors, Elementary Education

Dr. Monica Riley

- Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

www.acei.org

   

Submitted an initial report 9-15-12, submitted a response to conditions, 3-15-12

Nationally recognized through
2-1-14

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Spanish - Teacher Certification

Ms. Erinn Holloway

- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

www.actfl.org

   

Granted deferment from review because of low enrollment in program

     
                   

Masters program in Educational Leadership

Dr. Sue Jolly-Smith

- Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC, representing AASA, ASCD, NAESP, NASSP)

www.aasa.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 9-15-12

Nationally recognized through 2019

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Masters program in Reading/Literacy

Dr. Monica Riley

- International Reading Association (IRA)

www.reading.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 9-15-12

Nationally recognized through 2019

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Bachelors, Social Studies Teacher Certification

Dr. Brian Anderson

- National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

www.socialstudies.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 9-15, 12, and responses to conditions, 3-15-12 & 9-15-12

Nationally recognized through 2019

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Bachelors, English with Teacher Certification

Dr. Gloria Bunnell

- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

www.ncte.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 9-15-12

Nationally recognized through 2019

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Bachelors, Mathematics with Teacher Certification

Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer

- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

www.nctm.org

   

Granted deferment from review because of low enrollment in program

     
                   

Bachelors, Biology with Teacher Certification

Dr. Dionne Fortenberry

- National
Science Teachers
Association
(NSTA)

www.nsta.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 3-15-12, submitted a second report , 3-15-13

Nationally recognized with probation through 9-15-13

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Masters in Gifted Studies

Dr. Royal Toy

National Association of Gifted and Talented

www.nagc.org

   

Submitted an initial report, 9-15-11, submitted a response to conditions, 9-15-12

Nationally recognized with conditions through 2-1-14

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

                   

Masters of Arts in Teaching

Dr. Monica Riley

NCATE

www.ncate.org

  Fall 2019

Submitted an initial report, 9-15-11, submitted a response to conditions, 9-15-12

Low enrollment program, further development required

 

Offsite electronic submission and review

*no onsite visits

 

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