About the University

Accreditations

NCA Accreditation: Cleveland State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Higher Learning Commission  Mark of Affiliation
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, 800-621-7440.

In addition, individual Cleveland State degree programs hold the following professional accreditations:

Business Administration: The B.B.A., M.B.A., M.L.R.H.R., M.Acc. and D.B.A. programs of the Monte Ahuja College of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels have earned separate accreditation from AACSB International.

Chemistry: The Chemistry Department's undergraduate curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society. Its Clinical/Bioanalytical Chemistry Ph.D. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC).

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Education: Preparation programs offered by the College of Education and Human Services for prospective teachers and other school personnel are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education. The School Counseling and the Community Agency Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Psychology Specialist (School Psychology) program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is included in the college's NCATE Accreditation.The Counseling Psychology specialization in the Ph.D. in Urban Education is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Engineering: The bachelor's degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700. The Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Health and Wellness Service: The Health and Wellness Service is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Law: The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Music: The graduate and undergraduate Music Department curricula are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Nursing: The Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing curricula are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791. The Undergraduate Nursing curriculum has been fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing .

Occupational Therapy: The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Physical Therapy: The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Psychology: The Psychology Specialist (School Psychology) program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Public Administration: The Master of Public Administration curriculum is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Public Health: The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Social Work: The School of Social Work curriculum is fully accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Speech and Hearing: The Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Urban Planning, Design, and Development: The Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development curriculum is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

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Division of Institutional Diversity

Cleveland State University is a leader in the state in enrolling and graduating minority students and is a  top producer of African American masters graduates.  CSU has  been recognized nationally in Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 100 and highly recommended by Hispanic Outlook.  CSU is recognized as a leader in workforce diversity by the Cleveland Commission on Economic Inclusion and has the largest percentage of diverse faculty among Ohio public universities.

In Spring 2007, 27.3  percent of undergraduate students were minorities. In 2006, 22.1 percent of full-time faculty were minorities. In addition, Cleveland State is noted locally for its multicultural initiatives, including more than 100 courses with a cultural/ethnic focus including the Human Diversity General Education requirement.

The chief diversity officer is the Vice President for Institutional Diversity. The Division of Institutional Diversity is comprised of the Office of the Vice President and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODAMA).  Major retention, achievement and student support programs include the AHANA Peer Mentoring Program (African American, Hispanic American, Asian American and Native American), STARS (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship) undergraduate research program, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Student Services.

The Division of Institutional Diversity  has university-wide responsibility to advance diversity, opportunity and positive race and community relations. This includes: fostering the retention of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities among students, faculty, staff, and administrators; enriching the campus environment through educational experiences that enhance positive race and human relations; and collaborating with the urban community through outreach and service to minority communities. Program initiatives focus on faculty, staff, and student development activities; development, implementation, monitoring, and support of academic and non-academic diversity initiatives; working with faculty, students, and staff to identify and respond to issues and concerns related to minority groups; development and implementation of policies, procedures, priorities, and programs to better serve the diverse university community; outreach to, and collaboration with, the public and private sectors and other educational institutions; and service to the urban and multicultural communities.

The Office of the Vice President focuses on the advancement of institutional diversity,  community relations, diversity training, diversity outreach and retention and campus climate. For more information please visit us in Rhodes Tower 1201 or contact us at 216-687-9335, e-mail at diversity@csuohio.edu  or visit the Web site at http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/diversity.

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Affirmative Action Office

Cleveland State University is committed to the principles of equal employment and educational opportunity for all individuals and to the development and implementation of results-oriented procedures and programs to enhance access and opportunity for minorities and women, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, Vietnam-era veterans and other protected veterans. The Board of Trustees has charged everyone associated with the university to support and implement these procedures and programs and to participate in achieving their maximum success.

The Affirmative Action Office is responsible for the administration of the university's equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures. Through formal and informal procedures, the Affirmative Action Office is primarily responsible for the investigation and resolution of all complaints of unlawful discrimination including complaints of sexual, racial and any other types of unlawful harassment. The Affirmative Action Office seeks to achieve a fair and prompt resolution of discrimination complaints and takes appropriate action when necessary. The Affirmative Action Office works cooperatively with departments and units to provide training and information on unlawful discrimination and affirmative action issues to increase awareness of these issues throughout the university community and promote the full participation, well-being and equitable treatment of all students, faculty and staff, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran or other protected veteran status.


Maria J. Codinach, J.D., is presently serving as the director of the Affirmative Action Office. The office is located in the Administration Center, Room 236. Phone 216-687-2223.

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University Ombudsperson

The Ombudsperson is a confidential, informal, impartial and non-adversarial alternative for problem resolution. The Ombudsperson can help students deal with problems that they might have with any aspect of the University -- such academic issues, faculty conflicts, filing petitions, etc. The Ombudsperson can provide an informal means of problem resolution if there is a University-related dispute.The Ombudsperson is not empowered to change a decision, but through intervention or a clarification of matters, information may emerge to assist in the resolution of the dispute.

Due to the confidential, informal, and neutral function of the Ombudsperson, communication with the ombudsperson does not constitute notice to the University.

The Ombudsperson will maintain confidentiality of all communications that he or she receives. If the nature of the situation is highly sensitive, it is recommended that communications with the Ombudsperson be done by phone or in person. Regardless of the mode of contact, the student should be prepared to write a narrative of sufficient detail to clearly describe the issue under consideration and to assemble all documents that might have relevance to the examination and resolution of the concern.

Contact: Dr. Rama Gorla, Ombudsperson and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stillwell Hall, Room SH 243, Phone: 216-523-7276. E-mail: r.gorla@csuohio.edu.

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