Accreditation FAQs


What is accreditation?
Accreditation serves to assure university stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, employers of alumni, other schools to which transfer students or graduates apply) and the public-at-large of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions.

In the US, regional accreditation is the gold standard. In order for a college or university to achieve and maintain accreditation through one of the seven regional bodies recognized by the Department of Education, the institution must undergo a rigorous multi-year review process during which all aspects of its functioning are evaluated in accordance with a comprehensive set of standards.

Whereas the regional bodies accredit institutions as a whole, professional organizations accredit academic programs within universities. Garnering departmental accreditation from any of the organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an achievement.

Who are CNU’s accreditors?

Christopher Newport University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels. SACSCOC is one of the U.S.’s seven regional accrediting commissions. More information about SACSCOC accreditation can be found at the question and answer section of its website.

In addition to maintaining institutional accreditation through SACSCOC, the following CNU departments have earned programmatic accreditation. These are as follows:

  • Business: The Luter School of Business is accredited through Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five percent of the world’s business schools have achieved this accreditation; moreover, the Luter School is one of only 42 AACSB accredited business programs that exclusively provide undergraduate education.
  • Theater: The Department of Theater and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST) and, as such, holds students to high artistic standards, collaborative conduct, and scholastic achievement.

 When was CNU first accredited by SACSCOC?

When was CNU’s SACSCOC most recent re-affirmation?

When is the next SACSCOC reaffirmation review?


Forms and Information

For more information, contact Dr. Geoffrey Klein, Interim Associate Provost


Phone: 757-594-7050

Office Location:  McMurran Hall 265