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Norfolk State University Receives Reaffirmation of its Accreditation

Norfolk State University President Javaune Adams-Gaston and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (I) Leroy Hamilton, Jr., are pleased to announce the University’s 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The University received official notification of the highly anticipated SACSCOC decision on December 10, 2019.  

To prepare for the reaffirmation of accreditation, the University conducted an intensive, two-year self-study of programs and services in all departments and units. It then submitted to SACSCOC a decennial report, which underwent a rigorous review by SACSCOC-appointed teams, one of which spent a week on the campus in March 2019.

Dr. Adams-Gaston expressed appreciation to the faculty, staff, students, and administrators who participated in presenting “a transparent, authentic, and compelling view of the University to SACSCOC evaluators.”  She commended Dr. Hamilton for having assembled an excellent team and for having successfully managed a process that assures public confidence in the quality, integrity, and stability of the University. In thanking Dr. Adams-Gaston for having created a supportive environment with all the resources necessary to compile the comprehensive report, Dr. Hamilton noted that “Dr. Adams-Gaston’s confidence in us and her sustained support ensured that we had every chance for a successful outcome.”

Reaffirmation of accreditation occurs every ten years to monitor an institution’s compliance with strict SACSCOC standards related to institutional effectiveness —particularly academic quality, administrative leadership, financial viability, and student support. Norfolk State University ranks among the premier institutions that have earned and maintained SACSCOC accreditation.

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Norfolk State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (