Accreditation and Approvals
Salem International University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1963. HLC can be contacted at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, www.hlcommission.org, 800.621.7440. HLC is one of six regional accreditation bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Salem’s headquarters and campus are located at 223 West Main Street in Salem, West Virginia, which is within the HLC’s region of authority.
Salem is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in accordance with the West Virginia Code of State Rules (CSR), Title 133, Series 20, Authorization of Degree Granting Institutions. The WVHEPC can be contacted via http://www.wvhepc.edu or by telephone 304.558.2101.
Salem also is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206. The BPE can be contacted via www.in.gov/bpe/ or by telephone 317.232.1033.
In October 2014, the School of Education was awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) through the NCATE legacy process. CAEP can be contacted via www.ncate.org or by telephone 202.223.0077. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Salem; however, this accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
The School of Education received national program recognition for its graduate level educational leadership programs and undergraduate physical education and health teacher education programs as part of the NCATE legacy accreditation process. These include Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and American Association for Health Education (AAHE).
ELCC is the NCATE Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for leadership preparation and is governed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), www.npbea.org
AAHE is the NCATE SPA for health education, which is part of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America, www.shapeamerica.org), formerly known as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD),www.shapeamerica.org/accreditation/healthaccreditation.cfm.
NASPE is the NCATE SPA for sports and physical education, which is part of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD), www.shapeamerica.org/accreditation/peteacherprep.cfm.
Salem’s educator preparation programs leading to licensure have been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education, since their inception, most recently in conjunction with CAEP NCATE legacy accreditation. WVDE may be contacted via wvde.state.wv.us or by telephone 304.558.2681.
The Certificate in Practical Nursing earned full state accreditation by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses (“LPN Board”) in June 2012, which was reaffirmed in May 2015. It was tentatively accredited in June 2010. The program conforms to the requirements of West Virginia CSR Title 10, Series 1, Policies and Procedures for Development and Maintenance of Educational Programs in Practical Nursing. The LPN Board can be contacted via www.lpnboard.state.wv.us or by telephone 304.558.3572.
The Associate of Science in Nursing has been provisionally accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (“RN Board”) since June 2010. The program conforms to the requirements of West Virginia CSR, Title 19, Series 1, Policies, Standards and Criteria for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Colleges, Departments or Schools of Nursing. The RN Board can be contacted via www.wvrnboard.wv.gov or by telephone 877.743. 6877.
On January 5th 2018, the Salem University Business School earned initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) meeting all six standards. ACBSP can be reached by telephone at 913-339-9356 or through the organization's website at www.acbsp.org. The ACBSP is a specialized global accreditation that follows the Baldrige model and overall teaching experience.
In July 2016, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN program) delivered via distance education received pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation candidacy status does not guarantee initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received. NLN CNEA can be contacted via www.nln.org/accreditation-services/overview or by telephone 800.669.1656.
Salem is a member of the National League for Nursing, an organization dedicated to serving nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education at all levels, from LPN or LVN to doctoral education. NLN can be contacted via www.nln.org or by telephone 800.669.1656.
Salem is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, an association of over 3,000 institutions that is a national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation. CHEA can be contacted via www.chea.org or by telephone 202.955.6126
Governance and Organization
Effective June 1, 2005, the Board of Trustees was vested with the authority for the control and management of the University. Officers are appointed by the Board of Trustees, including the Chief Executive Officer of the University.