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Results from SACS reaffirmation process

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has completed its reaffirmation process.

Reviewers from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) visited campus April 9-11. They completed the review of the university’s compliance certification and quality enhancement plan (Ideas to Action). The report from the committee after the visit was very positive. They had a number of helpful suggestions for Ideas to Action, but the university does not need to formally respond to these suggestions. On the compliance certification, they had two recommendations, which the university must address. These, however, are very minor and will be fixed easily before the September deadline for responding to the report. SACS will conduct its final vote on our reaffirmation at its annual meeting in December.

The reaffirmation process involved a lot of work by a large number of people. The success of this review is a reflection of our supportive faculty, staff and students.

Unlike past accreditation processes, however, this one continues with the Ideas to Action project, a 10-year effort to enhance student learning through improved critical-thinking skills, proven by student engagement with issues and concerns of the larger community. The Ideas to Action task group, with representatives from each academic unit, Student Affairs and the Provost’s Office already is working to implement the Ideas to Action plan. Its future success will require your continued commitment.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the SACS review project and volunteered to help with the on-site visit. We will have a formal celebration sometime after the final decision is made in December.

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