SACS is one of six regional accrediting bodies that provide oversight of academic quality and rigor for most public and private institutions as well as oversight of compliance with federal regulations. Institutional accreditation is critical to any college or university for three primary reasons. First, accreditation status determines a college or university’s eligibility for participation in federal and state financial aid. Second, maintaining accreditation is important for acceptance and transfer of college credit. Third, an accredited degree is typically a prerequisite for many graduate programs.
TWU’s efforts toward ensuring SACS reaffirmation of accreditation involve faculty and staff throughout the institution in a multifaceted process. A SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Leadership Team, led by Chancellor and President Ann Stuart, provides direction for all reaffirmation activities. Ten committees composed of faculty and staff across the institution contributed to TWU’s compliance certification document which presents evidence of TWU’s compliance with all SACS-COC requirements and standards as well as with all federal requirements. A second institution-wide effort determined a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. The QEP process is led by a single committee engaging all university stakeholders in identifying a single topic to impact student learning.Key to all of these efforts is self-study. The introspection and assessment of university-wide objectives and performance are perhaps the most important aspects of seeking reaffirmation of accreditation. The self-study is another strategy in ensuring a commitment to continuing institutional improvement, an outstanding education for our students, and an effective work environment for faculty and staff.
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