Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southern Wesleyan University.
The teacher education programs at Southern Wesleyan University are accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), http://www.caepsite.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at the main campus in Central and other learning centers operated at Southern Wesleyan. The university’s teacher and administrator education programs are also approved by the South Carolina Board of Education. (Documents describing accreditation are on file in the Office of the President and may be reviewed upon request.) In addition, Southern Wesleyan University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Degree program(s) of study offered at Southern Wesleyan University have been found exempt from the requirement of licensure by the University of North Carolina under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.
The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU). Its students who are residents of South Carolina are eligible to apply for South Carolina Tuition Grants.
The school is recognized and listed by the U.S. Office of Education and by the Veterans Administration. It is authorized by Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Southern Wesleyan University has an established policy concerning the availability of student records. This policy complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The act, with which the university intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data. The university policy on the availability of students’ educational records is on file in the Office of Academic Records and may be obtained upon request.
In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.
Federal legislation, Title II, Section 207, of the Higher Education Act, requires states and institutions having teacher preparation programs to submit annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing. The institutional reports include the pass rates of students on tests required for state certification, the number of students in the program, and the institution’s accreditation status, among other information. The state report summarizes the institutional reports and state requirements and provides a rank ordering of the institutions based on the pass rates reported. Southern Wesleyan University provides an abbreviated report in this catalog and a full report at the following website: http://education.swu.edu/title.htm
Southern Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of online courses and programs to current and prospective students across the United States. Under the authorization of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA or SARA), Southern Wesleyan is authorized and licensed to offer online courses and degree programs in select states throughout the country. At this time, institution only accepts applications for online programs from students who reside in any of the NC-SARA approved states.