|SOUTHEASTERN’S FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES PROGRAM ACCREDITED
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana
University Department of Human Development’s undergraduate degree program
in Family and Consumer Sciences has been nationally accredited.
The American Association of Family
and Consumer Sciences issued accreditation for a 10-year period, said Department
Head Brian Canfield. In giving its academic stamp of approval, the association
commended the program for having well-respected courses, faculty well-versed
in their areas of specialty; and good collegial relationships across campus.
The accrediting body also praised
strengths such as the program’s growing enrollment, faculty accommodation
of student needs, faculty participation in decision-making, student involvement
in planning and outreach activities, and good support from administration
“Accreditation signals to students
and the public that a program meets national standards and criteria,” said
John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Successfully
achieving this academic benchmark reflects the quality of our faculty and
their dedication to providing nationally competitive programs.”
“The College of Education and
Human Development strives for excellence in all of our programs,” said
Dean Diane Allen, “and accreditation is testimony to the challenging programs
of study we offer our students.”
“We’re delighted,” added Canfield.
“Our faculty, graduates, and students know that we have a strong degree
program, but this affirms its quality. For our students, having a degree
from an accredited program opens doors to jobs and post-graduate study.”
Family and Consumer Sciences
Coordinator Deborah Johnson, associate professor of human development,
said approximately 150 students are majoring in the degree, which has three
concentrations -- family studies, fashion merchandising and foods and nutrition.
The degree prepares students for careers in business, industry, agencies,
hospitals, and educational settings.