The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges(SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.
The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.
A process that involves a collective analysis and judgment by the institution’s internal constituencies, an informed review by peers external to the institution, and a reasoned decision by the elected members of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, Reaffirmation of Accreditation is the process for ensuring that member institutions maintain continuing compliance with Commission policies and with The Principles of Accreditation. An institution must be reaffirmed five years after it gains initial accreditation and every ten years thereafter (Resource Manual for The Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement, p.120).
Required of all Member institutions undergoing Reaffirmation of Accreditation, the Quality Enhancement Plan is a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined issue directly related to enhancing student learning. Applicant and Candidate institutions do not prepare a Quality Enhancement Plan during the process for Initial Accreditation (Resource Manual for The Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement, p.120).
Our last QEP, Writing Improvement for Success and Empowerment (WISE), focused on improving first-time freshman students’ writing and critical thinking skills through the use collaboration, technology-intensive instruction, and student self-assessment. This QEP was completed in July 2012.