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Accreditation, the process of meeting the highest recognized academic standards, is an ongoing process across campus. In the past year, the Collegiate Commission of Nursing Education renewed its accreditation of the nursing department, and the department of music was similarly recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business notified the Ancell School of Business that its application for eligibility had been accepted.

And a momentous achievement was reached by the School of Professional Studies and the education department, which was granted accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the gold standard of education accreditation.

The NCATE process started in 2004 and concluded with an approval that noted “the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

“The quest of colleagues here for NCATE accreditation has proven a journey full of collaboration and improvement — exactly what the process of professional accreditation should be,” said President Schmotter. “Our efforts to meet the national standards that NCATE defines have provided myriad benefits. And the ultimate beneficiaries are our students.”

WCSU faculty members submitted individual reports for 11 degree programs that have received NCATE designation for “National Recognition.” These include the post-master’s certificate program in intermediate administration and supervision, and bachelor’s degree programs in elementary education, health education, and secondary education programs in: history and social sciences; biology, chemistry and earth sciences; English; mathematics; and Spanish.

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The School of Professional Studies received National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation; the music department was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music; and the nursing department received renewed accreditation from the Collegiate Commission of Nursing Education.