W 2014 SACSCOC Reaffirmation
What is SACSOC?
What is reaffirmation of accreditation?
What are the steps in the process?
What is a QEP?
What can you expect during the site visit?
When will the On-Site Peer Review Committee be here?
Who are the members of the On-Site Peer Review Committee?
Who are the members of The W's SACSCOC campus leadership team?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in 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. See http://www.sacscoc.org/.
Every 10 years, institutions accredited by SACSCOC undergo an intensive self-study, followed by a thorough review by peers, to determine their compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. These standards serve to ensure accountability and quality in all aspects of the institution. See the Principles of Accreditation at http://www.sacscoc.org/principles.asp.
The reaffirmation process, which The W has been undergoing, allows an institution to study itself. Through a variety of broad-based campus committees, the university has documented its compliance with each of the core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements outlined in the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. The resulting document has been extensively reviewed by an off-site committee of peer educators. Based on their feedback, The W submitted a focused report Feb. 4, providing additional documentation and details.
The next step will be a March 11-13 on-site visit from a team of peer educators, who will examine data and interview a variety of individuals on campus to determine that The W is in compliance with all standards. The visit culminates with a campus presentation by the committee detailing their findings. While on campus, they also will complete a draft report.
The Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral part of the accreditation process, emphasizing SACSCOC’s and the institution’s commitment to continuous improvement. The QEP addresses a single, specific issue that can help strengthen and improve student learning. The QEP will be the major focus of the site visit in March.
The W’s QEP is “Think Outside the Books,” a five-year effort that focuses on developing a culture of self-motivated student learners. To learn more, see http://web3.muw.edu/curiosity.
The on-site team will be very busy! They will have only two full days to review required areas of compliance. But they may ask questions of anyone on campus. To learn more about reaffirmation of accreditation in general and SACSCOC, see http://www.sacscoc.org/about.asp.
SACSCOC reaffirmation dates
Our On-Site Peer Review Committee will be on campus March 11-13, 2014. Please be sure that you are available to assist the Committee during their visit to the W. Reviewers will interview members of the MUW community, including students, staff, and administrators to resolve any questions remaining from the compliance certification, the focused report, and our quality enhancement plan (QEP).
On-Site Peer Review Committee
The Chair of our On-Site Peer Review Committee is Dr. William R. Fannin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He will review our Compliance Certification, Focused Report, and Quality Enhancement Plan and provide expert advice to lead the On-Site Review Committee in their deliberations.
Dr. Nuria Cuevas is the staff liaison for MUW and is a Vice President at the Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She will be working with Dr. Fannin and Dr. Hatton to help review our documentation and prepare for a successful site visit.
Other members of the On-Site Review Committee include:
Dr. Roger G. Brown Chancellor (Retired) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Dr. Pamela H. Elfenbein Department Head & Professor, Sociology & Human Services University of North Georgia
Ms. Kathryn Funk-Baxter Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Dr. Jon M. Young Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Fayetteville State University
Ms. Janette Newhouse Director of Institutional Effectiveness Tuskegee University
Dr. Erin Webster-Garrett (QEP Evaluator) Director of the Scholar-Citizen Initiative QEP Radford University
Dr. Paul A. Snyder (Observer) Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Planning & Institutional Perform Florida Gulf Coast University
SACSCOC campus leadership team
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