Winthrop University: AAAS - Accreditation

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Winthrop University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and specialist degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Winthrop University.


Link for 2012 Reaffirmation Letter PDF File (PDF - 21.2 KB)
Link for 2017 Fifth Year Report Letter PDF File (PDF - 245KB)


Winthrop's academic programs are measured by national standards of quality. The documents of accreditation reside in the Office of Accreditation, Accountability, and Academic Services. The following is a listing of the specialized organizations that Winthrop University is affiliated with:

ACEJMC Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
ACS American Chemical Society
AACSB Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
CAATE Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
CFP Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
ACEND Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
CAC/ABET Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
CACREP Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
CIDA Council for Interior Design Accreditation
COSMA Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (formerly SMPRC)
CSWE Council on Social Work Education
NAEYC National Association of the Education of Young Children
NASP National Association of School Psychologists
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASD National Association of Schools of Dance
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre 
NCATE National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Other Links

Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors

ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community of U.S. agencies that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA also advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Last Updated: 3/20/20