December 11, 2018
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On Tuesday, December 11, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges publicly reaffirmed Tuskegee University’s accreditation status for an additional 10 years. The announcement is the culmination of a process that began three years ago and is part of the accreditation body’s annual meeting held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.
âThis is exceptional news and a testament to the commitment and teamwork demonstrated by the collective academic community at Tuskegee University,â said President Lily D. McNair. “Maintaining valid accreditation for our students, alumni and partners Tuskegee is committed to providing high quality academic programs and adhering to high institutional standards of integrity, effective governance, financial sustainability and appropriate student support services. “
The SACSCOC has more than 90 standards in its accreditation principles that institutions must comply with in order to obtain or maintain accreditation. In September 2017, Tuskegee officials submitted a Compliance Certification Report following an in-depth self-assessment of all aspects of university operations. And, in March 2018, an on-site reaffirmation team visited the campus, during which SACSCOC examiners met with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and community and academic partners to assess. the effectiveness of the university and the results of its own self-study.
As part of the reaffirmation process, Tuskegee developed a Quality Improvement Plan, or QEP, a comprehensive Institutional Improvement Plan. Its QEP program, “Road from Early Achievement to a Career High” or “REACH,” which will span efforts over the next five years, puts a university-wide emphasis on centralizing programs. and current activities and on the development of new, to better prepare students must be equipped, competitive and successful in their efforts to achieve their educational and professional goals.
McNair noted that continuous improvement efforts like the reaffirmation of the accreditation process help the university achieve excellence in all respects – a theme of the first year of his presidency.
“The reaffirmation of the accreditation process, in itself, helps institutions ensure the excellence of their academics and the way they prepare students for the real-world challenges they will face in their chosen professions,” said she declared. “Our continued accreditation provides a solid springboard for our continued efforts in this area as we further roll out our REACH QEP initiative and other academic strategies in the months and years to come.”
While McNair noted the combined contributions of several that made reaffirmation of accreditation possible, she recognized several academic leaders for their specific leadership. These include Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, who has retained a central role in the process, especially during her tenure as Interim President and at the height of the reaffirmation effort. She also cited Dr Kellei Bishop Samuels, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Liaison with the university’s SACSCOC, as well as Dr Roberta Troy, who chairs the QEP Steering Committee in addition to her role as Acting Marshal, for their command of reporting. , documentation and monitoring required for this multi-year effort.
Tuskegee University, whose previous reaffirmation of 10-year accreditation dates back to 2008, has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1933. In addition to ensuring that Tuskegee students benefit from high quality academic programs, the successful reaffirmation of accreditation determines the university’s eligibility to receive and state funding, including student financial aid, and its ability to transfer academic credit with other institutions.
As the premier accrediting body for public and private higher education institutions in the 11 southernmost states, SACSCOC accredits more than 780 universities and colleges in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, and Latin America. For more information visit www.sacscoc.org.
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