Department of Occupational Therapy Receives 10-Year Accreditation from Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

The Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts is pleased to announce that its Occupational Therapy Master’s program has received a 10 year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The ACOTE writes, “because the cited areas of noncompliance have been fully resolved within one year of ACOTE’s accreditation action, ACOTE further voted to grant a three-year extension of the accreditation term previously awarded. Therefore, the next on-site evaluation of the occupational therapy master’s program has been moved to the 2025/2026 academic year and the program’s Interim Report due date adjusted to spring 2020. A revised ACOTE Certificate of Accreditation that reflects the extension of the accreditation term will be forwarded to the program director.”

Congratulations to Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Occupational Therapy Department Director and faculty who worked tirelessly on this accreditation effort.

Recreation program receives extension of accreditation to 2021

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions approved continuing accreditation of the San José State University’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts Recreation and Recreation Therapy programs in the Department of Health Science and Recreation at its Oct. meeting in Charlotte, NC. The program will be accredited through 2021.

In a letter to President Mohammad Qayoumi and the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the council approved the following recommendations:

  • San José State University’s commitment to accreditation as evidenced by almost 30 years of continuous accreditation
  • High levels of student satisfaction with experiential educational opportunities in courses
  • Practitioner involvement with students in the community and their contribution to exceptional learning opportunities, networking and employment opportunities.

The department has been requested to send three minor revisions by Feb. 1, 2015.

“The Council is pleased to maintain San José State University – Department of Health Science and Recreation – Recreation Program and Recreation Therapy Program on the list of accredited institutions,” wrote Brenda Beales, the Awards and Accreditation manager, in the letter to the university. “Congratulations!”

DNP program receives accreditation

The California State University Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice received news that they were granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education on Nov. 7. The accreditation is valid through Dec. 31, 2019 and the accreditation will be retroactive to the first cohort of graduates in May 2014.

Graduates from the first cohort of the DNP program take questions from current and prospective students at the reception.

Graduates from the first cohort of the DNP program take questions from current and prospective students at the reception.

“We want to sincerely thank our Deans, department chairs, faculty, project chairs, and staff for their dedication and support required to start such a successful DNP program” the DNP executive leadership team wrote in an email announcement. “This milestone is only possible with such great teamwork and collaboration.”

The DNP program is a joint effort by San José State University’s Valley Foundation School of Nursing in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and CSU Fresno. The executive leadership team includes Lori Rodriguez and Ruth Rosenblum, at SJSU, and Sylvia Miller and Chris Ortiz, at CSU Fresno.

“We also want to thank all of our students, especially our inaugural DNP Class of 2014,” they wrote. “We appreciate you taking a leap of faith and enrolling in a brand new program, and being so instrumental in the success of the program.”

The mission of the program is: To be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that will prepare nurses at a doctoral level to lead health care change, serve as nursing faculty and advance health throughout California’s communities.

The DNP program launched its pilot in 2012, with the first cohort of students graduating in May 2014. It took an act of the state legislature to authorize the CSU to award a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The state assembly bill itself called for a DNP degree to be distinct from the doctor of philosophy degree offered by the UC system and to allow professionals to earn the degree while working full time. The program allows students to do much of their coursework online, with in-person intensive sessions each semester held alternately at SJSU and CSU Fresno. The first cohort included students from as far north as Redding and as far south as Bakersfield.

For more in the program, visit

Library and Information Science master’s program gets approval from accreditation board

The American Library Association recently granted reaccreditation to the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ School of Library and Information Science’s master’s of library and information science program. The San Jose State University program went through a vigorous review with the ALA accreditation committee to receive the full accreditation for another seven years, through 2021.

“We are elated to receive full reaccreditation from ALA,” said Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh, in a blog post on the School of Library and Information Science’s website. “Over the past year, our faculty and staff have worked extremely hard to demonstrate our adherence to ALA standards and represent the excellence of our MLIS program. I am grateful to everyone who played a role in the reaccreditation process.”

The School of Library and Information Science offers a fully-online MLIS program as well as a master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration and a post-master’s certificate in Library and Information Science.

For more information on the accreditation, visit the SLIS blog at For more information on the School of Library and Information Science, visit

Students: Share your thoughts about SJSU in survey

San José State University freshman and senior students will be receiving an email from the National Survey of Student Engagement by March 18. Students are encouraged to take the survey, which provides valuable information about their experience at the university.

Students who participate in the survey will be entered into a drawing that will give away more than $5,000 in Gold Point gift cards to use at Spartan Shops on campus. The university will be giving away five gift cards valued at $250 and 75 valued at $50.

The email will be sent to student’s SJSU email address and will come from

The survey assesses student experiences in the following areas:

Academic and intellectual experiences

Mental activities

Reading and writing

Challenges of examinations

Quality of advising

Enriching Educational Experiences

Time Usage

Educational and personal growth

Institutional environment

Quality of relationships


For a summary of analysis of past surveys, visit