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Accreditations and Approvals

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This accreditation encompasses the university’s four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. Inquiries regarding JWU’s accreditation status should be directed to the Office of the Provost, Johnson & Wales University, One Weybosset Hill, Sixth Floor, 33 Broad Street, Providence RI 02903; phone: 401-598-1410. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4531; toll-free phone: 888-88-NEASC, email: cihe@neasc.org.

Legal control is vested in the Board of Trustees of Johnson & Wales University.

The university is approved for the training of veterans. JWU is an institutional member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges.

The university is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

JWU is listed in the Education Directory of Colleges & Universities issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

The State of Rhode Island has chartered Johnson & Wales University as a nonprofit degree-granting institution of higher learning.

JWU is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; toll-free phone: 888-224-6684.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has authorized JWU under the Degree Authorization Act to offer instruction leading to the award of credits and/or degrees in Colorado.

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has licensed JWU under G.S. 116-15(b) to conduct degree activity in North Carolina.

Johnson & Wales University offers online B.S. degree completion programs in Food Service Management and is required to publish information regarding certain state approvals of these programs.

Johnson & Wales University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 and 136A.71. Registration with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201 (phone: 803-737-2260), licenses Johnson & Wales University to recruit South Carolina students into its programs. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality.

Johnson & Wales University will make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval or licensing. This information, as well as contact information for accreditors and state officials and agencies for filing complaints, may be obtained by contacting the Interim Associate Provost for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Office of the Provost, Johnson & Wales University, One Weybosset Hill, Sixth Floor, 33 Broad Street, Providence RI 02903; phone: 401-598-1359.  

The Providence Campus and Denver Campus Culinary Nutrition programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. The Providence Campus and Denver Campus Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) meet the standards of education set by ACEND.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Graduates of the M.A.T. may apply for dual certification in one of the following:

  • Elementary Education & Elementary Special Education
  • Business Education & Secondary Special Education
  • Food Service Education

The following triple certification requires additional fieldwork and an additional eight weeks of student teaching:

  • Elementary Education & Elementary Special Education & Secondary Special Education
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