ACCREDITATION, AUTHORIZATIONS, and AFFILIATIONS
SACSCOC Accreditation. Point University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Point University. All other inquiries, such as for admission or academic information, should be made directly to the appropriate Point office.
- SACSCOC is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- Point’s most recent decennial reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC was approved in 2016.
- SACSCOC standards state that it should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC requirement or standard. All other inquiries about Point (admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc.) should be made directly to the appropriate Point office and not to SACSCOC.
- For questions or comments regarding Point’s SACSCOC accreditation, contact email@example.com
GaPSC Teacher Education Accreditation. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC, www.gapsc.com) governs teacher certification in the State of Georgia. Within Point’s College of Education, GaPSC has approved the Teacher Education Department and all educator programs that lead to state certification. Approved programs include the Elementary Education preparation program (preschool through fifth grades), the Middle Grades Education preparation program (fourth through eighth grades), the Secondary Education program in the areas of Biology, English, and History (sixth through twelfth grades), the Special Education General Curriculum program (grades PreK-12), and the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement program.
CSWE Social Work Accreditation. Point University launched its Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program in 2019-2020. The University has received approval from its SACSCOC regional accrediting body to offer this program. Point is also seeking professional accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (https://www.cswe.org) with the aim of achieving initial accreditation by the time the first students graduate. Point has aligned its Social Work Major with CSWE’s nine Core Competencies and other standards, so that the program will prepare students for licensure as a social worker. In February 2020 the CSWE Commission on Accreditation granted candidacy status to Point’s B.S.W. program (see https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Information/COA-Decisions/COA/February-2020-COA-Decisions). For updates on Point’s CSWE accred-itation progress, contact Dr. Aisha Williams, BSW program coordinator and chair of the Sociology & Social Work Department (Aisha.Williams@Point.edu).
State Authorization for Online Learning. Point University complies with all applicable state regulations governing online programs offered across state lines. Point is a member of SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, at both the state level in Georgia (GA-SARA, https://gnpec.org/ga-sara) and the national level (NC-SARA, http://nc-sara.org). SARA membership and other state authorizations currently allow Point to offer online programs in 49 states—all U.S. states except Massachusetts.