Accreditation & Academic Integrity
For 80 years, Norfolk State University has provided opportunity and access to a college education without regard to race, socio-economic status, gender or age. One indicator of the quality of that education is our continuous accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1969. When this regional accrediting agency placed Norfolk State University on probation for 12 months in 2014, the University community mounted a thorough and transparent effort to ensure compliance with the issues cited by SACSCOC.
The leadership of the University fully expects a successful resolution of those issues, once we complete a comprehensive report due in September and an on-campus visit in October by SACSCOC representatives. With the oversight of President Moore, we have led the work of a Special Committee to address and remedy all concerns. The actions of the Committee and the University Administration can be reviewed in detail in the SACSCOC Accreditation Updates listed below.
It is important to note that the quality of academics and instruction has earned the University prestigious accreditations with 15 different accrediting agencies for more than 20 different academic programs. Some of the highlights of our academic distinctions are listed below:
- Accreditation for four high-demand programs have been reaffirmed: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (reaffirmation until 2025); the Bachelor and Master of Social Work (reaffirmation until 2022); the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering; or Optical Engineering (reaffirmation until 2020); and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (reaffirmation until 2020).
- Designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security was reaffirmed through 2020. In August, an online Master’s degree program in Cybersecurity will be offered to prospective and current students.
- NSU faculty members continue to receive state recognition for excellence. This year, Dr. Aswini Pradhan, professor of engineering, was selected as a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dr. Mikhail Noginov, professor of physics, was named one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists for 2015 by Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Science Museum of Virginia.
Below are additional documents that provide important information about Norfolk State University, our accreditations, and the steps we are taking to ensure integrity and transparency in reporting.
Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch
Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs & SACS Liaison
Gerald E. Hunter
Vice President for Finance & Administration