The College of Education and Human Sciences and the Department of Art and Design at The W recently announced continued accreditation of their undergraduate and graduate programs.

The College of Education and Human Sciences maintains accreditation at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels for all educator preparation programs. The official letter from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education indicated, “... the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

There were six main accreditation standards including candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experience and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performances and development; and unit governance and resources.

The college was first accredited in 1964 and has been continuously accredited since that date.

Dr. Sue Jolly-Smith, dean for the College of Education and Human Sciences, said, “We are pleased to receive this affirmation from our accrediting body. The high standards and credibility of NCATE are respected nationally, so this accreditation provides a meaningful endorsement for our graduates.

“The work and preparation for continuing accreditation is truly a team effort. We express appreciation to our faculty, staff, educator candidates, administration and partnering schools for their work and dedication toward achievement of this goal.”

The next onsite visit for education and human sciences will take place in fall 2019.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design voted to continue The W’s art and design program in good standing. It was first accredited in 1986.

The department was commended for a number of its procedures and practices, including replacement of equipment, expansion of space and electrical wiring upgrades in the woodshop. The Commission further commended the institution for the testing conducted to indicate that the ventilation system in the ceramics studios is performing at an optimal level.

Department Chair Shawn Dickey said, "We are pleased that our re-accreditation has been approved and we continue in good standing with NASAD. I am so thankful for the faculty's hard work and sacrifice as well as Dean Thomas Richardson's and the administration's timely assistance in meeting the demands of the evaluation process. This was truly a team effort."

The next full review for the Department of Art and Design will take place the 2021-2022 academic year.