SC State’s Dept of Family & Consumer Sciences Chairperson Elected to AAFCS Council for Accreditation

Friday, June 14, 2013


Dr. Ethel G. Jones, chairperson and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and an ‘83 alumna of SC State University was recently elected to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Council for Accreditation. Jones will serve on the national accrediting body for three years. Jones is elated that her Family and Consumer Sciences peers elected her. “It is an honor to be elected by your peers nationally,” said Jones.


The AAFCS Council for Accreditation is a specialized accrediting agency, with a mission to provide a voluntary external evaluation of units in higher education that represent the family and consumer sciences profession and to recognize those units that meet or exceed stated standards. AAFCS accreditation is a status granted to family and consumer sciences units within colleges and universities that meet or exceed standards established by the AAFCS Council for Accreditation.


Ecstatic about the opportunity that the national accreditation will provide to SC State’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Jones stated, “this will bring national recognition to the department and university. It also provides the department the opportunity to advance academic quality, demonstrate accountability, encourage self-scrutiny and planning, employ fair and appropriate procedures and demonstrate ongoing review of practice.”


SC State’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences includes three undergraduate majors in food and nutrition, food management and family and consumer sciences business with a concentration in fashion merchandising, child development and multidisciplinary. The department also has two graduate programs which are nutritional sciences and individual and family development.


Jones has served as the competitive events coordinator for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at South Carolina State’s Department of Education. She is a member of the Eat More, More, More South Carolina Board and has been the principal investigator for several federal and state funded grants. Since 1982, she has been a member of the AAFCS and has served in the following capacities: accreditation site visitor, higher education unit member, and reviewer for the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Education and Technology Division.


Jones has published numerous articles in refereed journals and other publications. She has served as president, vice-president of Finance, and counselor for the South Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has also served as president and past-president of the National Association of Teacher Educators, president for 1890 Council of Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences, and parliamentarian for the National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences.


She holds a doctorate in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and a master’s degree in Family Environment from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from SC State.