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Accreditation & Public Disclosure

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.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

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:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts A in Christian Education
  • Doctor of Ministry


The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Virginia Union University and Obligations for Public Disclosure
 
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in its Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure, requires that institutions publish "statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals." Federal Requirement 4.1 (Student Achievement) requires institutions to disclose such information during the Fifth-Year Interim Report and the decennial reaffirmation of accreditation. 
 
SACSCOC Policy Sections:
  • VUU’s catalogs describe the institution consistent with the mission statement.
  • VUU’s print and electronic communications are consistent and accurately portray VUU.
  • VUU publishes locations and programs available at off-campus instructional sites.
  • VUU publishes goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.
  • VUU provides valid documentation for statements and promises for matters such as program excellence, learning outcomes, and achievements of students, graduates, and faculty.

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:

  • Headcount and FTE enrollment
  • First-year student retention rates (one-year)
  • Six-year graduation rates
  • Number of degrees conferred
    • Statistics in this source are revised annually, and Fact Sheets made available online.
  • VUU Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs provide historical data such as:
  • Enrollment (per semester)
  • Credit Hours
  • Degrees Conferred
  • Financial Aid
  • Entering Freshmen SAT Score

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. 

Student Achievements: 

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:

  • Department of Biology for Biology Major Field Test (MFT) pass rates
  • Department of Chemistry for Chemistry Major Field Test (MFT) pass rates
  • Department of Social Work for state licensure results (ACAT) pass rates
  • Teacher Education Department for PRAXIS II Exam results
  • Department of Criminal Justice (ACAT) pass rates
    • Department of Languages and Literature for English (MFT) pass rates
    • Department of Business for Business (MFT) pass rates
Faculty Achievements:
VUU's faculty members are highly competent and qualified, committed to academic excellence in the classroom and in scholarship and service. The VUU Unionite contains a detailed listing highlighting successes and achievements of our faculty and staff. All faculty at VUU are academically-qualified to teach those courses assigned to them and all full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are evaluated annually and for promotion and tenure. For a detailed listing of scholarly activities, contact the desired department or send a request to the Office Public Relations. 

Requirement: “The institution's statements about its current accredited status are accurately and explicitly worded as indicated in Comprehensive Standard 3.14.1 (Publication of accreditation status) of the Principles of Accreditation.” 

Virginia Union University words statements about our current accredited status accurately and explicitly as required in Comprehensive Standard 3.14.1 (Publication of accreditation status) of the Principles of Accreditation. The principal location where this statement appears is the front page last paragraph on the VUU website. 

Any questions about this requirement can be directed to the Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs. 

The disclosure below is intended to satisfy SACSCOC policy requirements in between routine compliance certifications. Prospective students may find the information and resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. The University’s profile may be viewed on the SCHEV website, (http://research.schev.edu/iprofile.asp?UID=234164). (The data provided by SCHEV only include those alumni employed or attending graduate school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It does not include a sizable population of alumni employed or attending graduate school outside the Commonwealth of Virginia.) The Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs annually creates the VUU Fact Sheet that contains achievement data including: headcount and FTE Enrollment, First Year student retention rates, six-year graduation rates, number of degrees conferred, enrollment, and entering freshmen SAT score. 

SLSB ACBSP Quality Assurance Report 
Including Assessment Results-- 2009 to 2011


SLSB ACBSP Quality Assurance Report 
Including Assessment Results-- 2011 to 2013


SLSB Graduates by Program Chart 2014-2016


Retention Rates
The University monitors first-year undergraduate retention rates this may be viewed on the SCHEV website (http://research.schev.edu/iprofile.asp?UID=234164 

Graduation Rates

Graduation data collected centrally by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Special Programs is analyzed and reported to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia assesses and makes system-wide data for graduation rates available for review by the general public. (http://research.schev.edu/iprofile.asp?UID=234164) Graduation rate data presented at this level is also compared to other system institutions, which allows Virginia Union University the opportunity to evaluate its progress and performance in this area. Assessment of student progress toward course completion is conducted within individual courses. Each student is evaluated using course specific exams in order to determine acquisition of skills and knowledge in specific academic disciplines in support of the Virginia Union University Mission. In most courses, students are required to make a minimum of “C” to pass. Academic disciplines utilize the results of these assessment tools to measure student progress, success, and achievement. 

National and State Licensing Examinations

The School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), requires licensing examinations to include: Praxis I, Praxis II, Virginia Commonwealth Literacy Assessment (VCLA), and VRA (Virginia Reading Assessment). Historically, pass rates ranged high as captured in the table below: 

Year

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

Pass Rate VCLA

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Pass Rate Praxis II

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%


Direct questions about this requirement to the Office of Research, Planning and Special Programs at (804) 257-5213.

Modified from an example found at
http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/sacs/accreditation-disclosure-at-vsu.php