SSU ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE UPDATES
Shortly following a teleconference on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Southern States University leadership received word that WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) voted to grant Southern States University “Eligibility” status. The following statement published by WSCUC accurately represents our standing in the regional accreditation process:
”Southern States University has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at email@example.com or (510) 748-9001.”
Achieving “Eligibility” completes the first of three major phases in the regional accreditation process. Note this is parallel and in addition to SSU’s national accreditation held since 2010 from the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS). In October 2017, ACICS submitted a formal petition to the US Department of Education for recognition as a national accreditor. Action on that petition is expected in spring 2018.
In addition to the national and regional accreditation processes, SSU is licensed to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, and in the State of Nevada by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education.
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4223, (202) 336-6780 (telephone), (202) 842-2593 (facsimile), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acics.org, to award bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and certificates.
These are the self-reported data submitted to ACICS by the institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report.
ACICS applies the following Definition of Placement to outcomes reported by member institutions:
- Placed based upon job titles: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon job titles included in the list of job titles published by the institution for which the program prepares students. These job titles must be those published by the institution on its web site in compliance with USDOE Title IV regulations and must be identified in the Department’s CIP-to-SOC Crosswalk (Standard Occupational Classification, U.S. Department of Labor) with the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code of this program.
- Placed based upon the required use of skills: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon the required use of skills learned in the student’s program as a predominant component of the job. These skills must be those listed in the institution’s published program description and a majority of these skills must be documented in the employer’s job description as required or desired skills, duties or responsibilities.
- Placed based upon the benefit of the training: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon the benefit of the training received from the program in obtaining a new position or maintaining a current position, supporting promotion or improving job related skills.
ACICS calculates placement rates as follows:
(Placed by job title + Placed by skills + Placed by benefit of training)
((Completers + Graduates) – (Exemptions*))
* Exemptions are: pregnancy, death or other health-related issues, continuing education, military service, visa restrictions, enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and incarceration.