Winthrop University: Institutional Effectiveness - Accreditation



Winthrop University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Winthrop University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( 

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 Department of Institutional Effectiveness. The following is a listing of the specialized organizations that Winthrop University is affiliated with:

AACSB Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
ACEJMC Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
ACEND Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
ACS American Chemical Society
ASBMB American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
AUPHA Association of University Programs in Health Administration
CAAHEP Commision on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
CAATE Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
CAC/ABET Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
CACREP Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
CAEP Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
CFP Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
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
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASD National Association of Schools of Dance
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NASP National Association of School Psychologists
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre 
NCFR National Council on Family Relations

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: 8/9/22