May 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Accreditation


Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees in addition to Certificate programs. Fairmont State has been accredited since 1928 and is committed to reaffirming and advancing its commitment to academic excellence and student support through its accreditation and compliance-related actions. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission also provides additional oversight of new and existing degree programs. 

Fairmont State University only reviews transferable credit from regionally accredited institutions and institutions with national accreditation that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for acceptance as credit in our academic programs. The most current listing of sanctioned accrediting bodies can be found at www.ed.gov

Fairmont State is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411, (800) 621-7440 x105, http://www.ncahlc.org.

College of Business & Aviation

The School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org. The following business programs are accredited by ACBSP:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Business, Finance, Management, and Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The Master of Science in Healthcare Management and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management are currently seeking ACBSP accreditation.  

College of Education, Health & Human Performance

The Teacher Education program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The University is also a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In addition, selected teaching specializations are nationally approved by their respective learned society and/or professional organization. The following programs are CAEP accredited:

Initial Licensure Programs

Elementary Education

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Elementary Education K-6; General Mathematics 5-9 Specialization
  • Elementary Education K-6; Multi-Categorical Special Education K-12 Specialization
  • Elementary Education; Spanish PreK-Adult Specialization
  • Secondary Education

Secondary Education

  • Art Education, PreK-Adult
  • Biology Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Chemistry Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Earth & Space Science 5-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • English Education, 5-Adult
  • Mathematics Education, 5-Adult
  • Physical Education
  • Physics Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Social Studies Education, 5-Adult
  • Spanish Education, Pre-K-Adult

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Art Education, PreK-Adult
  • Biology Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Chemistry Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Earth & Space Science 5-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • English Education, 5-Adult
  • Mathematics Education, 5-Adult
  • Physical Education
  • Physics Education, 9-Adult (with General Science Certification)
  • Social Studies Education, 5-Adult
  • Spanish Education, Pre-K-Adult

Advanced Programs

  • Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism
  • Reading Specialist

Please see the College of Education, Health and Human Performance website for additional information regarding CAEP accreditation.

College of Nursing

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at Fairmont State University located in Fairmont, WV is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326. (404) 975-5000.  The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing program is continuing accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSerach.htm.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791, CCNE.

College of Science and Technology

Department of Engineering Technology

The Department of Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, ABET. The following engineering technology programs are accredited by ACBSP:

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Occupational Safety
  • Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Management

Department of Architecture, Art, and Design

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) professional degree program is working towards accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). 1735 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20006. (202) 783-2007 https://www.naab.org/  The M.Arch. degree is currently in candidacy status for accreditation and anticipates full accreditation in 2022. The state of West Virginia, as well as many other state jurisdictions, along with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recognize degrees from institutions that have been awarded within two years of accreditation.

N.B. The NAAB only accredits the Master of Architecture degree although many of the student performance criteria are fulfilled in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree which is not accredited by NAAB, but is a pre-professional degree. 

Statement of NAAB-Accredited Degrees

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

In order to meet the education requirement, set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Fairmont State University, Department of Architecture, Art & Design, was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture:

M.Arch. (preprofessional degree + 42 graduate credits)
Year candidacy awarded: 2018

Next visit: Continuation of Candidacy or Initial accreditation: 2022

Projected year to achieve initial accreditation: 2022

Earliest graduation date projected to meet NCARB education requirement: 2020