Virginia Union University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Divinity. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Virginia Union University. Undergraduate and graduate programs also are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Other affiliations of the University include membership in the College Fund/UNCF, the American Council on Education, The College Board, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, The Richmond Oral History Association, Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Scientific Society, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the Association of American Colleges, and the College Entrance Examination Board.
Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Requirement: “The institution’s current catalog describes the institution consistent with its mission statement and sets forth the obligations and responsibilities of both students and the institution. Institutions relying on electronic catalogs ensure the availability of archival editions sufficient to serve the needs of alumni and former and returning students.”
Virginia Union University’s current undergraduate and graduate catalogs describe the institution consistent with its mission statement and set forth the obligations and responsibilities of both students and the institution. The catalog informs students of expectations and includes general information about the institution’s mission, accreditation, and degrees offered, admissions and enrollment, registration and re-entry, academic resources, policies, and disclosures, programs of study and required courses, student services, course descriptions, administration and faculty credentials, graduation requirements.
Hard copies of old catalogs are located in Archives on the second floor of the L. Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center. If additional information is needed, contact Academic Affairs at (804) 257-5606.
Requirement: “All forms of print and electronic communications officially representing the institution are consistent with catalog content and accurately portray the conditions and opportunities available at the institution.”
The Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog serve as the official documents to provide foundational content for all print and web communications. All official printed publications must be designed through the Office of University Relations, which ensures that any incorporated photographs accurately portray conditions and opportunities at VUU, and that the design is consistent with the university’s integrated marketing plan.
To ensure websites and printed publications content are consistent and accurately portray the institution, the VUU Office of University Relations reviews all web content, advertising, and printed publications before release to the general public or local area. The Office of University Relations also ensures the integration and deployment of university’s marketing plan.
The VUU Web Coordinator is responsible for the development and maintenance of many university web properties including the main university website and social media. The University’s website contains detailed webpages which depict and describe Campus Life and Academic Life at VUU.
Requirement: “The institution publishes the locations and programs available at other off-campus instructional locations, including those overseas operations at which students can enroll for a degree, along with a description of the programs and services available at each location.”
Virginia Union University offers selected courses at an off-campus instructional location. Students can easily search and identify courses offered by VUU each semester, including the location where each is taught, by accessing the Schedule of Classes. One off-campus instructional site is Greensville County High School in Emporia, Virginia. VUU does not operate any campuses overseas; however, students may participate in limited-term Study Abroad educational experiences and exchanges for an additional fee.
Requirement: "The institution publishes statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information in retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission.”
Virginia Union University monitors a variety of measures of student achievement including enrollment, retention, and degrees conferred.
The Office of Institutional Research annually publishes the VUU Fact Sheet that contains achievement data including:
Useful data on VUU and many other institutions of higher education is available from College Navigator and The Education Trust’s College Results Online.
VUU’s course completion rates for all courses are not published online. Contact the Office of Research Planning and Special Programs directly with your request for completion rates for a specific course or courses.
Learning outcomes for VUU's Core Curriculum and programs of study are published in the catalogs and results of assessment are available. Each course in the Core Curriculum meets one or more of the VUU General Education Learning Outcomes.
The Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog serve as the official documents which publish selected student learning outcomes (or educational outcomes) for students in every major. Students seeking data on achievement of student learning outcomes for a particular undergraduate or graduate program should submit their request to the program’s department head.
Many majors, particularly those that are recognized by specialized or professional accrediting organizations, have additional learning goals based on national standards or licensing requirements; those student achievement goals can be obtained directly from the major department or by accessing the websites of the appropriate specialized accrediting organization.
Requirement: “The institution has readily available valid documentation for any statements and promises regarding such matters as program excellence, learning outcomes, success in placement, and achievements of graduates or faculty.”
Virginia Union University discloses and provides documentation to support statements regarding program excellence, learning outcomes, and student success.
The Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs provides and collects data from: Graduation Senior Survey.
The Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog publish selected student learning outcomes (or educational outcomes) for students in every major. Students seeking data on achievement of student learning outcomes for a particular undergraduate or graduate program should submit their request to the program’s department head directly or send the request to the Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs.
An additional measure of program excellence is the fact that several of VUU’s academic programs are recognized by specialized or professional accrediting entities; those programs are listed on the Accreditations and Memberships webpage and in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
If applicable to the discipline, selected academic departments track and maintain data on student achievement with respect to national test or licensure results:
Pass Rate VCLA
Pass Rate Praxis II
Direct questions about this requirement to the Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs at (804) 257-5213.
Modified from an example found athttp://www.valdosta.edu/administration/sacs/accreditation-disclosure-at-vsu.php