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  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Worcester State University is proud to have received national and regional acclaim for our sound academics, community service, green initiatives and more.

    Best in Northeast 2013 Princeton Review Best Northeastern College
    2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

    Princeton Review Best Value College (Public)
    2014, 2013, 2007

    A Most Environmentally Responsible College The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges
    2015, 2014, 2011, 2010

    President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Higher Education
    2013, 2012, 2009, 2008

    Best Regional University, 1st Tier (North) U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
    2014, 2012, 2011

    Worcester’s Best College
    Worcester Magazine Annual Readers’ Poll
    2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2002

    Top College in Massachusetts for Return on Investment
    AC Online: Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Massachusetts

    Ranked #7 Least Expensive School in New England
    WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston ranked Worcester State University as the seventh least expensive for tuition and fees in New England, based on a 2014 report published by the U.S. Department of Education. WCVB used the information to compile a list of the 40 most cost effective higher education institutions.

    Ranked #1 College in Mass. for Future Service Members
    The College Database has recognized Worcester State University as the top college in Massachusetts for students interested in military service.

     Best Value 2014
     
     2014 Green College

     Best of Worcester 2014

     

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

    Our 10-year reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 2012 demonstrates that we meet or exceed its criteria for institutional quality. The chair of NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education observed: “We are heartened to learn of WSU’s commitment to student success as evidenced by the recent establishment of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, expanded academic governance structures, plans to increase full-time faculty by 15 over the next three years, and an increase of retention rates to an average of 60% over the last four years, up from 37% five years ago.” View full report.

     

    Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
    We received the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching’s elective Community Engagement Classification in 2015, making us 1 of 25 colleges and universities in Massachusetts with this recognition. According to the Carnegie Foundation, this “is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement.” WSU was selected based on our voluntary submission of “data and documentation of important aspects of our mission, identity, and commitments” to community engagement.
    Communication Sciences and Disorders Department
    Our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, which is offered by our Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.
    Education Department
    Our Education Department's teacher-training program is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The program has met CAEP's rigorous standards for preparing competent K-12 classroom teachers.
    Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
    Our nuclear medicine technology concentration, one of the options for biology majors and offered in conjunction with the UMass Memorial Health Care, is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The JRCEP conducts a detailed self-evaluation, which is followed by an assessment of our review and an on-site inspection conducted by peer specialists from the NMT profession. JRCEP accreditation indicates that our NMT program meets or exceeds nationally-accepted accreditation standards.
    Nursing Department
    Our baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This affirms that the programs meet rigorous academic and professional standards, and are of the highest caliber and continually improving students’ outcomes. It recognizes us for effectively preparing nurses to make an impact in their profession.
    Occupational Therapy Department
    Our combined Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies and Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The program has met ACOTE’s rigorous standards for preparing competent occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
    School Psychology CAGS Program
    Our School Psychology Certificate of Graduate Studies Program, which is offered by our Education Department, is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists Accreditation Board. This recognition is an important indicator of quality graduate education in school psychology, comprehensive content, and extensive and properly supervised field experiences and internships, as judged by trained national reviewers.