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Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist 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 Georgia Southwestern State University.
Georgia Southwestern was reaffirmed by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees at its December 2014 meeting. GSW's current accreditation extends through 2024.
Georgia Southwestern State University is a senior unit of the University System of Georgia. The University was founded in 1906 as the Third District Agricultural and Mechanical School. In 1926, it was granted a charter authorizing the school to offer two years of college work and to change the name to Third District Agricultural and Normal College. The name was changed to Georgia Southwestern College in 1932, at which time it was placed under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In 1964, the College became a senior unit of the University System, conferring its first baccalaureate degrees in June of 1968. Graduate work was added to the curriculum in June of 1973. In July 1996, the Board of Regents authorized state university status, and the institution became Georgia Southwestern State University.
The School of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, telephone number 202-223-0077) and all initial teacher education programs are recognized and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (http://www.gapsc.com).
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 887-6791, Fax: (202) 887-8476 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-1300 or 1640).
The Master of Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 887-6791, Fax: (202) 887-8476 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. AACSB International is located at 777 South Harbor Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA, telephone number 813-769-6500 and fax number 813-769-6559 (www.aacsb.edu).
Georgia Southwestern State University is authorized to deliver fully online educational programs in Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, and Nursing by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) 3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130; Boulder, Colorado 80301; 303.541.0275; http://nc-sara.org/.