Joey Crosby

AASU’s MHSA Program Earns Reaccreditation

(December 4, 2009) The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program at Armstrong Atlantic State University has been granted reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The reaccreditation is effective fall 2009 through fall 2015.

CAHME accreditation assures that the AASU program meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards. The reaccreditation comes after a lengthy process during which every aspect of the program is closely examined, including curriculum, faculty qualifications, research and service.

"Periodic reaccreditation is important because it gives students a competitive advantage, including eligibility for post-graduate residencies and fellowships," said Joey Crosby, AASU professor of health sciences and program coordinator.

Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) is one of only two universities in Georgia that have CAHME-accredited programs.

CAHME cited several strengths in the AASU program, including being an academic "best practice" among all accredited programs for its extensive use of an internally developed evaluation instrument for assessing student performance.

The AASU MHSA program was established in 1998 and received initial accreditation by CAHME in 2005 for three years with an extension granted until 2009. CAHME has been the sole accrediting agency of graduate-level healthcare management programs since 1968.

"MHSA accreditation also gives our program a competitive advantage in that we are able to attract the best and brightest students from across the country and internationally," said Crosby.

A self-study of the AASU program was conducted during the 2007-08 academic year in preparation for reaccreditation. The self-study team included Crosby joined by Rod McAdams, associate professor; Alice Adams, assistant professor; Janet Buelow, associate professor; David Adams, associate professor; and Sandy Streater, professor and department head.

"This is very good news for our program," said Shelley Conroy, AASU dean of the College of Health Professions. "The CAHME reaccreditation serves as tangible proof of the qualifications and hard work of the faculty and staff in the Department of Health Sciences. I want to commend all the members of the team for their excellent work and their continued commitment to providing an outstanding education for our students."

Armstrong Atlantic State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.