Shippensburg University Accreditation
Accreditation is a testament to Shippensburg University’s constant dedication to maintaining high standards. It is both a condition and a process.
The process involves the assessment of educational and institutional quality. It also involves the continued enhancement of education through the development and validation of standards.
The condition provides a credential, signifying commitment to quality.
Institutional accreditation is granted by national and regional accrediting commissions. The accrediting agency, in evaluating quality, looks at the whole institutional unit, such as a state university. Accreditation is awarded as a result of overall compliance with the accrediting agency's criteria. Accreditation by a recognized institutional accrediting body is, in many cases, necessary in order to facilitate a student's transfer or acceptance of credits.
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education - Shippensburg University is periodically reviewed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accreditation body which “mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards.”
Specialized accreditation is bestowed on pre-professional and professional programs within institutions. Specialized accrediting groups establish standards of excellence in professional educational training programs for recognized professions.
- ABET, Inc. - The School of Engineering’s computer engineering, software engineering and computer science programs are accredited by ABET, Inc.
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences - Ship’s Criminal Justice Department offers one of only eight Bachelor of Science programs in the United States certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Services.
- Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications - Ship’s Communication/Journalism Department offers one of only three programs in Pennsylvania that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
- American Chemical Society - Ship’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department's curriculum is certified by the American Chemical Society.
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - In 1981, the John L. Grove College of Business became the first school in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to become internationally accredited by the most prestigious business accrediting agency in the world, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- Council on Social Work Education - The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs offered by the Ship’s Social Work and Gerontology Department are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs - Programs from the Counseling and College Student Personnel Department are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers - Ship offers several programs with accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education:
- Teacher Education
- Educational Leadership and Special Education
- School Counseling
- International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. - The University Counseling Center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.