Policies and Accreditations
Please visit our academic policies in our academic catalog.
All other policies can be found on the policies page.
Public Record Requests
Public record requests should be sent to Rita Colucci, general counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rita Colucci is also the designated records access officer (RAO) for Salem State University.
As part of its mission, Salem State University maintains a system of institutional evaluation to ensure academic excellence through accreditation and program reviews.
Salem State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.Individuals also may contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Education Unit Accreditation
The Education Unit at Salem State University is accredited by:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
Salem State University is also accredited by:
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- American Chemical Society
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Council on Social Work Education
- Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
Located at: 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Phone: 703.437.0700 Fax: 703.437.6312 Email: email@example.com
- National Association of Schools of Theatre
For more accreditation information, contact academic affairs at 978.542.6240.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Salem State University is a proud member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems across the nation.
Like all SCUs, we have a student-focused culture that centers on learning and teaching. Members of AASCU also share a long-standing commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that makes them uniquely different from land grant or research universities and community and technical colleges. Salem State is also an important part of the Commonwealth’s economic progress and cultural development.
We and our fellow state colleges and universities foster a value system centered around the concept of "Opportunities for All" where SCUs create bright futures for all of the region’s students, and thus become economic, cultural, and social drivers for their states.