University Level Accreditation
The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.
Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the Association:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
The University is also accredited by the Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education.
The University is a member of the Association of American Colleges, the American Council on Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and the American Association of University Women.
Program Level Accreditation
The Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.644.3575; Fax 312.664.4652, website www.acpe-accredit.org. For explanation of Candidate status, please refer to www.usj.edu or the ACPE website at www.acpe-accredit.org.
The Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists.
Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary and special education teachers are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education and the Commission for Higher Education.
The Nursing Program is approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at the University of Saint Joseph are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is pursuing accreditation by the CCNE and has a site visit scheduled in spring 2014.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
The Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The graduate program in School Counseling is also accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
The baccalaureate Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 216 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6695, 312.899.5400. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole accrediting agency for nutrition and dietetics education.
The audited financial statement for the University is available by request in Pope Pius XII Library.