In December 2008, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)* reaffirmed Marymount University’s accreditation to award doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees for a period of 10 years. This reaffirmation was the successful outcome of a two-year process of planning and self-assessment that involved the entire University community.
A SACS onsite team visited Marymount last fall as part of that process. Their report noted that the University has a strong, clear mission, which is reflected in both its core curriculum and the requirements of its majors. The SACS visitors also recognized that Marymount has significantly increased its percentage of full-time faculty during the past decade – a step that has strengthened the University’s academic programs and increased interaction between faculty and students.
Another step in the reaffirmation process was the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), an institution-wide initiative to enhance student learning. Marymount chose to focus its QEP on research and inquiry across the curriculum. The result is the University’s new DISCOVER Program, which will help Marymount students learn how to learn – by asking questions, probing beyond the surface, and working in close collaboration with scholarly faculty. Marymount’s DISCOVER Center, established last fall, coordinates the Office of Undergraduate Research, a series of new First-Year Experience classes, the University’s annual Student Research Conference, and a new Summer Research Program for students and faculty mentors. Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, says, “DISCOVER really ramps up our emphasis on research, scholarship, and creativity across the disciplines. The opportunities offered through this initiative will empower our students to do exciting, hands-on work that is directly related to their academic interests.”
In addition to the University’s overall SACS accreditation, many Marymount programs are approved or accredited by prestigious, discipline-specific organizations.
- Marymount’s Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- Teacher-preparation programs are accredited by the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Virginia Department of Education and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- The Master of Science in Health Care Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
- The Interior Design undergraduate program and first-professional graduate program are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
- All Marymount Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- The M.A. in Legal Administration and Paralegal Studies programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- The Bachelor of Business Administration and M.B.A. programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
- The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
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