The Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) has granted accreditation to the Child Development and Family Studies Department at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). The accreditation is granted until 2024.
The Louisiana Board of Regents mandated SUNO to establish the Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) program in January 2006 to address workforce development and community needs in the New Orleans area, which was facing recovery challenges in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. SUNO developed a program proposal that was granted a provisional approval within one year.
The program started in Fall 2007, with the hiring of Dr. Pamela E. Wanga as Program Director. Following highly satisfactory annual reports to the Board of Regents and successful external program review, the CDFS program was granted full approval status in Spring 2010. Enrollment and degree completer rates in the program have steadily exceeded projections for each year.
“I am highly elated and gratified to see a young program achieve this outstanding milestone,” Wanga said. “When I landed this job in Fall 2007, I had a serious dream to one day see CDFS accredited by a high-caliber national association, but I had to wake up from the dream and back it up with an investment of time, hard work, integrity, focused goals and engagement of faculty, students and community partners who share my passion. It has all paid off—sooner than had been anticipated! I am proud of our accomplishment, hold our graduates in high regard and re-dedicate my commitment to continuously improve and grow all components of the program, moving forward.”
SUNO has been successful in every accreditation initiative embarked upon since 2006.
Chancellor Victor Ukpolo is pleased with the CDFS program accreditation. “The program received several outstanding commendations,” Dr. Ukpolo said. “It is especially remarkable that AAFCS acknowledged the CDFS for doing an excellent job of tracking and communicating with graduates. The association also noted that the program’s job placement is high. That makes all the efforts to develop and run the program worthwhile.”
For additional details and the mission of the Child Development and Family Studies Program, please contact Dr. Pamela E. Wanga, the Program Director, at 504-286-5086 or 504-286-5351.