UNC Pembroke is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System. UNCP is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Some graduate programs also carry additional professional accreditation in their respective fields. Below is a list of current professional accreditations by program.
DEPARTMENT OF ART
The Department of Art at UNCP was granted an associate membership in the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in 2012. UNCP is one of only five NASAD-accredited institutions in North Carolina.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 2013. AACSB accreditation differentiates business and accounting programs from those at other institutions in terms of quality, rigor, and relevance. Only five percent of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB international. This accreditation requires the business faculty demonstrate that they (1) meet rigorous professional and academic standards; (2) deliver a strong business curriculum that is informed by both theoretical and practical knowledge; and (3) continually assess the effectiveness of student learning.
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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Teacher Education Program at UNCP are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/ Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP & COUNSELING
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling Programs have earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) in 2013. CACREP accreditation indicates that the graduate counseling programs meet the quality and rigor of professionally approved standards. In addition, the Counseling Programs were one of three programs nationwide to earn the National Board of Certified Counselors Professional Identity Award in 2013.
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program earned accreditation for an additional five years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2015. The program has three specializations: nurse educator, clinical nurse leader and rural care management.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
The Masters of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program prepares students for professional social work practice within the advanced generalist (MSW) model and to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens in North Carolina.