Institutional Accreditation Salem University (Salem) has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1963(when it was known as the North Central Association). HLC can be contacted at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, http://www.hlcommission.org or by telephone 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 HLC’s region of authority. State Authorization Salem is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in accordance with the West Virginia Codeof 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. Salem is approved to offer distance education courses and programs by the Higher Learning Commission as well as being a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NCSARA may be contacted via http://www.nc-sara.org or by telephone 303.848.3275. Business Program Accreditation In January 2018, the School of Business was awarded full initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This was achieved after a period of candidacy and after a thorough site visit by peer evaluators. ACBSP can be contacted via http://www.acbsp.org or by telephone 913.339.9356. Education Program Accreditation In October 2014, Salem’s School of Education was awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) legacy process. CAEP can be contacted at http://www.caepnet.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 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), http://www.npbea.org. AAHE is the NCATE SPA for health education, which is part of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America, http://www.shapeamerica.org), formerly known as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), http://www.shapeamerica.org/accreditation/healthaccreditation.cfm. NASPE is the NCATE SPA for sports and physical education, which is part of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD), http://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 accreditation process. WVDE may be contacted via https://wvde.state.wv.us or by telephone 304.558.2681. Nursing Program Accreditation 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 10CSR1, Policies and Procedures for Development and Maintenance of Educational Programs in Practical Nursing. The LPN Board can be contacted via http://www.lpnboard.state.wv.us/ or by telephone 304.558.3572. The Associate of Science in Nursing (also known as the Associate Degree in Nursing) has been provisionally (i.e., initially) 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 19CSR1, Policies, Standards and Criteria for Evaluation and Accreditation of Colleges, Departments or Schools of Nursing. The RN Board can be contacted via http://www.wvrnboard.wv.gov or by telephone 877.743. 6877. In March 2018, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), delivered via distance education is accredited with quality improvement conditions by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. NLN CNEA can be contacted via http://www.nln.org/accreditation-services/overview or by telephone 800.669.1656. Salem is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN), 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 http://www.nln.org or by telephone 800.669.1656. Membership Salem is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), 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 http://www.chea.org or by telephone 202.955.6126.