Accreditation

CHARTER

Cumberland University has been continuously chartered by the State of Tennessee since 1842.

ACCREDITATION

  • Cumberland University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and master's 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 Cumberland University.
  • The Tennessee State Department of Education has approved Cumberland University to offer certain programs for specific teacher licenses and for Beginning and Aspiring Instructional Leadership licenses. For a list of approved teacher licensure programs at Cumberland University, please visit the Department of Education website: (www.tn.gov/education/article.education-prep-programs-by-provider) and select Cumberland University. (Department of Education, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243; 615-741-5158).
  • The baccalaureate and master's programs in nursing are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (665 Mainstream Dr, Metro Center, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-532-5166.)
  • The baccalaureate program in nursing at Cumberland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).
  • The Athletic Training (AT) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE. (6850 Austin Center Blvd., Ste 100, Austin, TX 78737-3184; 844-462-2283).
  • The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) in both its baccalaureate and graduate business programs. (11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356).
  • Cumberland University is authorized to offer professional continuing education for accountants by the Board of Accountancy of the State of Tennessee (500 James Robertson Pkwy. #2, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2550).

State Authorization

Cumberland University has been approved by the state of Tennessee to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Visit nc-sara.org to learn more

State Authorization

INSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS FOR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

Cumberland University adheres to the SACSCOC policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure (approved by SACSCOC Board of Trustees, June 2014 and revised June 2018). The policy states, "A candidate or accredited SACSCOC institution is obligated to provide to its students, constituents, and the public information about itself that is complete, accurate, timely, accessible, clear and sufficient."

Policy Sections

  • Cumberland University's catalogs describe the University consistent with its mission statement.
  • Cumberland University's print and electronic communications are consistent and accurately portray the conditions and opportunities available at the University.
  • Cumberland University publishes locations and programs available at off-campus instructional sites along with a description of programs and services available at each location.
  • Cumberland University publishes goals for student achievement and success of students in achieving those goals.
  • Cumberland University provides valid documentation for any statements and promises regarding such matters as program excellence, learning outcomes, success in placement, and achievements of graduates or faculty.
  • Cumberland University publishes its current accredited status accurately and explicitly.

Requirement: "The institution's current catalogue describes the institution consistent with its mission statement and sets forth the obligations and responsibilities of both students and the institution. Institutions relying on electronic catalogues ensure the availability of archival editions sufficient to serve the needs of alumni and former and returning students. All forms of print and electronic communications officially representing the institution are consistent with catalogue content and accurately portray the conditions and opportunities available at the institution."

University Response:  Cumberland University's undergraduate and graduate Catalogs describe the University consistent with its mission statement, "the mission of Cumberland University is to provide a contemporary liberal arts education to students seeking a high-quality, personalized college experience, which will empower them not only to have a successful and productive career, but also to thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spiritually for a lifetime." (Adopted October 2016) The Catalogs provide students the following information:

  • Programs of Study

  • General Information

  • Admissions/Enrollment Services

  • Financial Services

  • Student Development

  • The Doris and Harry Vise Library

  • Academic Affairs

  • Edward A. Larry School of Science, Technology, and Business

  • The Jeannette Cantrell Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions

  • School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

  • Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Courses

  • Administration, Faculty and Staff

Archived electronic Catalogs are available on the University website at: http://cumberland.smartcatalogiq.com/en. Paper copies of Catalogs are kept in the office of the University Registrar.

Requirement: "All forms of print and electronic communications officially representing the institution are consistent with catalogue content and accurately portray the conditions and opportunities available at the institution."

University Response: The undergraduate and graduate Catalogs serve as the official documents to provide official content for all print and website communications. The Catalogs, policies and procedures, printed publications, recruiting material, web content, newsletters, social media sources, and other University communications are designed in collaboration with multiple office/units to insure that the design and content is consistent with University messages. These offices include, but are not limited to, the Office of Communication and Marketing, the Office of Public Relations and External Affairs, the Office of Advancement, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Development, the Office of Athletics, the President's office, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, and the Office of Student Financial Services.

The University's website and web pages depict and portray the University's campus life, academic opportunities, athletic programs, and community engagement. The Office of Communication and Marketing ensures the integration and deployment of the University's marketing plan.

Requirement: "The institution publishes the locations and programs available at branch campuses, and other off-campus instructional locations, including those overseas operations at which students can enroll for a degree, along with a description of the programs and services available at each location."

University Response: Cumberland University offers predominately all programs and coursework on the main campus in Lebanon (which includes the McFarland building). Selected coursework in the master of public service management program is offered in the community rooms at two police precincts in Nashville.

Cumberland University offers dual enrollment coursework on the main campus in Lebanon and at several high schools in the county.  Classes are offered at Wilson Central High School, Watertown High School, Mt. Juliet High School, and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.  Cumberland University also provides dual enrollment courses for Lebanon High School, but the classes are taught on the Cumberland campus.  No programs are offered entirely through dual enrollment.

All students regardless of location are eligible to receive student support services in, but not limited to, counseling, disability services, library, academic advising, career planning, and tutoring/academic support, and those services can be accessed via the website at https://www.cumberland.edu/student-life/ or https://www.cumberland.edu/academics-2/academic-resources/. Direct questions about these services can be directed to the Dean of Students or to the Office of Academic Affairs.

The University offers no overseas programs.

Requirement: "The institution publishes statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information in retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission."

University Response: Cumberland University provides a wealth of data relative to student achievement and student success. A sample of the available data is listed below. Please click on each link to see the full report.

Requirement: "The institution has readily available valid documentation for any statements and promises regarding such matters as program excellence, learning outcomes, success in placement, and achievements of graduates or faculty."

University Response: 

Requirement: "The institution's statements about its current accredited status are accurately and explicitly worded as indicated in Comprehensive Standard 14.1 (Publications of accreditation status) of the Principles of Accreditation."

University Response: Cumberland University has crafted statements about current accreditation status explicitly as required in Comprehensive Standard 14.1 (Publication of accreditation status) of the Principles of Accreditation and per the standards of other accreditation requirements. The main locations for the accreditation statement are the University website (https://www.cumberland.edu/about-cu-2/accreditation/), the University undergraduate and graduate Catalogs (http://cumberland.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2016-2017/2016-2017-Undergraduate-Catalog/General-Information/Copy-of-Accreditation-Statement), the Student Right to Know portal on the website (https://www.cumberland.edu/academics-2/academic-resources/student-right-to-know/), and the Policy and Procedure portal on the website (https://www.cumberland.edu/student-life/forms-and-policies/).