Accreditation Alphabet Soup
In addition to our institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), George Fox University holds accreditation in 11 specific disciplinary programs: education, music, athletic training, social work, engineering, nursing, clinical psychology, business, counseling, physical therapy, and our seminary. Offering 11 accredited programs is a bit unusual for a university our size, and they are expensive to maintain. So, why do we do this?
First, with the exception of music, these programs are all professional in focus. There are real barriers to enter many professions such as nursing, social work, clinical psychology and physical therapy, and our accreditations allow our graduates to enter their chosen profession or graduate school much easier since they hold an accredited degree. Students are well served by disciplinary accreditation.
Second, having 11 accredited programs speaks to the overall commitment of the institution to academic quality. A rising tide lifts all boats, you know – and the fact that GFU has 11 accredited programs makes every graduate’s diploma more valuable, regardless of major. It strengthens our image.
Finally, accreditation insures academic quality. All accreditation bodies have the following in common:
So, what does ATS NCATE NASM CAATE CSWE ABET CCNE APA ACBSP CACREP and CAPTE spell? Quality!