The process of accreditation provides public assurance that programs, schools, colleges, and universities meet and maintain standards of educational quality, comply with relevant regulations, and demonstrate ethical practices. According to the NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, "Accreditation is voluntary, non-governmental, and self-regulatory. It serves the dual purposes of quality assurance and quality improvement."
SCSU is a fully accredited institution, having met the standards of the Connecticut Board of Governers for Higher Education and the Connecticut State Board of Education. Its continuing membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States, indicates that the university has been evaluated carefully and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Specific university programs are also accredited by the following disciplinary accreditation bodies:
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- American Counseling Association's Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Professioinals (CAAHEP)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Council on Academic Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE/AAMFT)
- Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Association of School Psychology (NASP)
Inquiries or complaints regarding SCSU's accreditation status by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges should be directed to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433, (781) 271-0022, email: cihe@ neasc.org.