Accreditation and Memberships


2018-2019 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Volume 1: 2018.2019

Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.



Accreditation
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
State Licensures
Specialized Accreditations
International Accreditations and Recognitions
Memberships

This page was modified on 23 July 2018.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

Accreditation

Webster University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, hlcommission.org • 800.621.7440.

The accreditation, which was awarded in 1925, includes undergraduate and graduate levels at all locations where the University offers programs.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education serves as a clearinghouse for postsecondary student complaints. The MDHE complaint policy contains information about the complaint process and includes instructions for how to file a formal complaint. The policy provides that a student who wishes to file a complaint with the department must first exhaust all formal and informal avenues provided by the institution to resolve disputes.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Webster University takes seriously the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that will affect our students and employees who are EU residents and/or citizens. Please be aware that all personal data you provide is subject to our privacy policy which can be found at www.webster.edu/gdpr.


Licensure/Approvals and Specialized Accreditation

State Licensures

Arizona

The campus at Luke Air Force Base is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

If a complaint or grievance cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 West Washington, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-5709
www.azppse.gov 

Arkansas

Campuses at Little Rock, Little Rock Air Force Base, Fort Smith, and Fayetteville are certified by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution. 

California

Campuses at Irvine and Los Angeles Air Force Base are licensed to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

"Notice of Student Rights" in California: You may cancel your contract for school, without any penalty or obligations, by the fifth business day following your first class as described in the Notice of Cancellation form that will be given to you. Read the Notice of Cancellation form for any explanation of your cancellation rights and responsibilities. If you have lost your Notice of Cancellation form, ask the school for a sample copy. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time, and you have the right to receive a refund for the part of the course not taken. Your refund rights are described in the contract. If you have lost your contract, ask the school for a description of the refund policy. If the school closes before you graduate, you may be entitled to a refund.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, by telephone at 888-370-7589 or by fax at 916-263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund was established by the California State Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from suffering a loss of prepaid tuition as a result of the school closing. To be eligible for STRF benefits, a student must be a "California resident" and reside in California at the time an enrollment agreement is signed, or upon receipt of coursework materials at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering distance learning instruction.

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  • You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  • Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  • You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  • Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  • The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  • The school's failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  • The school's failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  • There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  • An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Webster University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some of all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Webster University to determine if your credits, degree or certificate will transfer. 

For more information on the transferability of credits into Webster University, please refer to the Transfer Credit policies, found within the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Colorado

Campuses at Colorado Springs and at Peterson Air Force Base are authorized to offer master's degrees by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 

District of Columbia

The campus at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., is licensed by the District of Columbia Educational Institution Licensure Commission.

Florida

Campuses at Orlando, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Merritt Island, Ocala, Melbourne, Tampa Bay, and at Naval Air Station Jacksonville are licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.

Credits and degrees earned from colleges licensed by this board do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations in the State of Florida. Any person interested in practicing a regulated profession in Florida should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency.

For further information about the status of Webster University's programs in Florida, contact:

Florida Department of Education
Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street
Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 888-224-6684 (Toll free)
850-245-3200

Georgia

Campuses at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, and Hunter Air Force Base are authorized by Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

In accordance with the requirements set forth by Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), any monies paid by a Georgia resident to a Webster University representative will be refunded to the student if he/she requests the same within three (3) business days of signing an enrollment contract with the university. If no enrollment contract is signed, and if requested by the student, any monies paid will be refunded to the student if he/she requests the same within three (3) business days after making a payment. Webster University's Grievance Policy & Procedures are available online at http://www.webster.edu/student-handbook/grievance.html. Students have the right of appeal of the final institutional decision to Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission at:

Non-Public Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305
Phone: 770-414-3300
Fax: 770-414-3309
Office hours: 8:30-4:30 (Monday to Friday)
http://www.gnpec.org/

Illinois

Campuses at Great Lakes Naval Base and Scott Air Force Base are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Kansas

The campus at Kansas City, MO is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
Phone: 785-430-4240

It is the mutual goal of the Kansas Board of Regents and the certified institutions to provide quality educational training and programs. When problems arise, students should make every attempt to find a fair and reasonable solution by taking the steps outlined in the complaint process.
http://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/private_out_of_state/complaint_process.

Institutions exclusively delivering programs on property that is not jurisdictionally within or regulated by the sate, such as schools located on federal military bases, are not covered by Kansas statutes and regulations. Campuses at Fort Leavenworth and at McConnell Air Force Base operate under the regulations set forth in their respective Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the base authorities.

Kentucky

The campus at Louisville is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.

Maryland

Campuses at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and at Andrews Air Force Base are authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Missouri

Campuses at Webster Groves, Gateway (Downtown St. Louis), Westport, WingHaven, Fort Leonard Wood, Kansas City, and Rolla are authorized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

North Carolina

Campuses at Fort Bragg and at Camp Lejeune are approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. 

Webster is required to complete an annual report and is subject to annual reviews.

University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road
P.O. Box 2688
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Phone: 919-962-1000
www.northcarolina.edu

Oklahoma

Campuses at Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base are approved to operate educational programs beyond secondary education by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

South Carolina

Campuses at Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach are licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

SC Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-737-2260

Licensure is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. If students at the Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campuses have complaints about a classroom situation, they should first attempt to resolve the situation with the instructor. If resolution cannot be made with the instructor, or if the complaint is about a general school policy over which the instructor has no jurisdiction, then they may contact the school director for mediation. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the school level through its complaint procedure, students may file a complaint with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The complaint form is available at http://www.che.sc.gov/CHE_Docs/AcademicAffairs/License/Complaint_procedures_and_form.pdf.

Institutions that offer programs and courses on federal military installations are exempt from CHE approval; the campuses at Joint Base Charleston, Beaufort Naval Hospital, Fort Jackson, and Shaw Air Force Base operate through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with their respective base authorities.

Tennessee

The campus at Memphis Naval Support Activity is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Texas

The metropolitan campus at San Antonio is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board. Military campuses at Fort Bliss, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base are on federal property and operate through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with their respective base authorities.

Utah

The campus at Hill Air Force Base is located on federal property and operates through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the base authorities. 

Virginia

Campuses at Fort Belvoir and at Joint Base Myer/Henderson Hall are approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

If a student has any complaints, questions or problems which were not resolved by the school to your satisfaction, you may contact:

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-225-2600

Specialized Accreditations

  • Business and Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Music programs and degrees are fully accredited and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Nursing programs and degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000
    www.acenursing.org

  • The nursing anesthesia program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation (COA) of nurse anesthesia educational programs.
  • Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Webster University is registered for state teachers' certificates by the Department of Education of the State of Missouri.
  • MA in Early Childhood Education and MAT in Early Childhood Education programs received recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • MA in Reading received recognition from the International Reading Association (IRA).
  • MA in Teaching English as a Second Language received recognition from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
  • EdS in Educational Leadership, online and face-to-face programs, received recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA).
  • EdS in School Systems, Superintendency and Leadership received recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA).
  • Only the St. Louis campus' legal studies in BA, MA and paralegal certificates are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
  • The MA in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health emphasis, (Webster Groves, MO only) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Webster University is registered as an Approved Continuing Education Partner (ACEP) with the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc (NBCC).

International Accreditation and Recognitions

  • China: The Webster University MBA program, offered in partnership with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education in China.
  • Ghana: Webster University Ghana is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana.
  • Greece: Webster University, through its Athens Campus, Webster Athens, has been accredited/licensed by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic to operate in Hellas [Greece] under permit 127051/K1/01.08.2016 [Government Gazette 2585/B/22.08.2016].
  • Thailand: Webster University in Thailand is accredited as a private university by the Thailand Ministry of Education under Thai law.
  • Austria: Webster University in Vienna is accredited by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research as a private university under Austrian law.
  • The Netherlands: Selected Webster University programs in the Netherlands are accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Agency (NVAO). Webster is an approved institute of higher education under Dutch law.

Memberships

Webster University holds membership in the following organizations or associations:

  • American Association for Paralegal Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Council on Education
  • ASIS International
  • Association of American College and University Programs in Switzerland
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Association of Theatre in Higher Education
  • College Art Consortium
  • College Board
  • College Consortium for International Studies
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • Higher Education Council of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri
  • Institute of International Education
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans
  • Missouri Music Educators Association
  • National Education Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Webster University has a signed Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Partnership Education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), showing the commitment and value that Webster University places on the school's relationship with the military and providing military members with high quality educational services. Webster University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. 

Graduates of Webster University are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women and the American College of Healthcare Executives (HCHE).

The University also holds appropriate licensure, accreditations, or approvals within the recognized state approval agencies for all locations where Webster University offers programs.  

This page was modified on 23 July 2018.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.