Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and the university also has been approved to offer a doctoral program in physical therapy.
“The reaffirmation process is a rigorous, intensive program designed to ensure that schools are adhering to a set of well-defined educational standards and that they are committed to institutional improvement. We are extremely pleased that Winston-Salem State has met the requirements for reaffirmation of our accreditation for another 10 years,” said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.
“We are also extremely excited that the Commission on Colleges approved moving the university to a Level V institution which means we will be able to continue with our plans to offer a doctoral degree in physical therapy,” Reaves added.
The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors in April approved WSSU establishing a doctoral program in physical therapy, pending the approval of a level change by SACS. WSSU began offering the Masters of Physical Therapy program in 2000 and the enrollment in the program has grown over 500 percent since that time with graduates having an overall pass rate of 95 percent on the national boards. Additionally, more than 80% of graduates remain in the state of North Carolina.
The overall reaffirmation process requires an institution to demonstrate its compliance with core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal regulations. It also requires the institution to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses an issue related to enhancing student learning.
“Our QEP focuses on improving students’ ability to write through a program called ‘Rams Write,’” Reaves explained. “We have established a QEP Writing Center that will work with juniors and seniors in all majors to ensure that they have the writing skills required in today’s competitive marketplace. We also were extremely pleased that our QEP was selected as a program of distinction and featured during the recent SACS meeting in Kentucky. Additionally, our Compliance Certification Report and Focused Report were on display as a model for other campuses undergoing reaffirmation.”
The SACS Commission on Colleges is the regional body for accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its work ensures that these institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of students and society.