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Reaffirmation (2007)

Every 10 years, the University must reaffirm its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The process takes approximately two years and includes extensive off-site and on-site reviews of the institution.

The reaffirmation process requires institutions to complete two significant steps:

(1) prepare a compliance certification (below) that describes and documents the institution's compliance with the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement; and

(2) develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which serves as a long-term plan guiding the institution's quality improvement efforts in strategic areas identified by the institution's constituencies.

In December 2007, the University successfully completed the reaffirmation process and received a full and unconditional reaffirmation from SACSCOC. As a result of the 2007 review, the University established an internal procedure for ensuring ongoing compliance with SACSCOC substantive change requirements.

The University's QEP focuses on enhancing student-faculty engagement. Its specific objectives include increasing opportunities for student-faculty research and incorporating thoughtful public service into the curriculum.  As a result of the 2007 review, the University revised its QEP to incorporate student learning objectives and clear goals for student learning.

The University’s 2007 compliance certification, as well as additional documents related to the review, may be found at the links below:

Report of the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee (Nov. 9, 2006)

Focused Report (Feb. 2, 2007)

Report of the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee (Apr. 24, 2007)

Response Letter from SACSCOC (Jan. 9, 2008)


Compliance Certification

For information related to the 2007 reaffirmation compliance certification please contact the Office of Institutional Assessments and Studies.