The University: Mission and Accreditation

Sheri Noren Everts, Chancellor

In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant graduate degrees are part of the University of North Carolina. Appalachian State University is one of the 17 constituent institutions of this multi-campus state university.

Appalachian's Mission

Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities
in creating a sustainable future for all.

Our location in the distinctive Appalachian mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, profoundly shapes who we are. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, we fulfill our core academic missions of teaching, scholarship, and service in ways that honor our geography and heritage.

We bring people together in inspiring ways. The transformational Appalachian experience develops individuals who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, to embrace diversity and difference, and to become contributing members of society.

We create rich environments where students can thrive. Our students are educated broadly and are simultaneously equipped with strong disciplinary knowledge. Academic learning occurs in a wide range of undergraduate, selected masters and intermediate programs, and the doctorate in Education offered on campus, at off campus sites, and online.

Faculty and students engage in research and scholarship that advance knowledge and address the problems of our region, state, and world through creativity and innovation. Learning takes place within formal and informal instructional settings with dedicated faculty members, in co-curricular programs that enrich classroom experience, in interdisciplinary educational formats, and through outreach to the local community and beyond. Appalachian cultivates diverse and vibrant arts that enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region.

We promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty, and staff to form relationships extending well beyond graduation. Our students think critically, communicate effectively, make local to global connections, and understand the responsibilities of community engagement. We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility, and dignity.

— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors (2014)


Institutional Accreditation

Appalachian State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, intermediate, and doctoral 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 Appalachian State University. Contact information for the Commission on Colleges is provided to allow interested constituents to: (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and educational support services, should be addressed directly to Appalachian State University and not to the Commission's office.

Disciplinary Accreditation

In addition to this comprehensive accreditation, other special accreditation by appropriate agencies includes:

  • AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs
  • Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The University is a member of appropriate state and national associations and organizations to which its graduate programs are related. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Council on Education
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Association for Library and Information Sciences Education
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
  • Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Highlands Biological Foundation
  • National Association of Industrial Technology
  • National Middle School Association
  • National Organization on Legal Problems of Education
  • North Carolina Academy of Science
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • North Carolina Association of Summer Sessions
  • North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
  • North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools
  • North Carolina League of Middle Schools
  • North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership
  • Professional and Organizational Development
  • South Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies
  • Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities