|According to the SACS website:
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.
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. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.
Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
DSU’s Accreditation and Reaffirmation Status
Delta State University was initially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1930. DSU was last reaffirmed by SACS in 2004 and is scheduled for its next reaffirmation review in 2014. To gain renewal of SACS accreditation involves a multi-year process guided by the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and by the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges (COC).
SACS requirements touch all aspects of DSU’s academic and non-academic departments. The process is guided by a leadership team, but is interactive in nature by including involvement with all departments and colleges/schools. The process of documenting both the reaffirmation report and the QEP plan is vital to DSU’s accreditation. Your role is essential to the SACS process and we look forward to your participation.
|SACS Leadership Team Training||June 4, 2012|
|Compliance Certification Report Due||September 2013|
|Off Site Peer Review||December 2013|
|Quality Enhancement Plan Due||6 weeks prior to site visit|
|On Site Review||Spring 2014|
|Full Implementation of QEP Begins||Spring 2014|
|Formal SACS Reaffirmation Decision||December 2014|
Compliance Certification Report
The SACS reaffirmation process requires the University to document compliance with a number of core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements as outlined in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. Numerous individuals and groups throughout the University are involved in gathering and presenting evidence of DSU’s compliance with these various standards. The SACS Commission on Colleges website provides guidance for documenting the University’s compliance.
DSU is presenting narratives and evidence of compliance through its SACS Reaffirmation website, login access is required. Because of the sensitive and confidential nature of some types of documentation, access to certain supporting documents is restricted.
The Compliance Certification Report will be submitted to SACS by September 2013 for review by an Off-Site Review Committee during the fall of 2013. Following that review and an on-site review by a peer group of evaluators in the following spring, DSU will be notified of its reaffirmation status in December 2014.
For information on DSU’s Compliance Certification report, contact Dr. Beverly Moon, Dean of Research, Assessment, and Planning, and SACS Liaison, at (662-846-4834) or email firstname.lastname@example.org .Leadership Team
For information on DSU’s SACS Leadership Team, contact Dr. Beverly Moon at (662-846-4834) or e-mail email@example.com.
To provide general comments about DSU’s SACS reaffirmation process, click here.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement: This official SACS document outlines the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements with which DSU must comply and provide evidence of compliance.
- Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement Compliance Reports – Examples from other SACS InstitutionsNote: These reports have not been reviewed for quality or comparability with DSU, but are offered as examples. Websites change frequently, so these listed below may not continue to be accessible.
- Georgia State University
- Kennesaw State University
- Southeastern Louisiana University
- Texas A & M International University
- Troy University
- University of Memphis
- University of West Florida
- General SACS Policies
- Deadlines for Reports and Profiles
- Integrity and Accuracy in Institutional Representation
- Mission Statement of the Commission on Colleges
- Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports
- Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the COC
- Unreported Substantive Change
|SACS Leadership Team|
|William N. LaForge||President|
|Dr. Wayne Blansett||Vice President for Student Affairs|
|Dr. David Hebert||Faculty Senate Vice President|
|Dr. Charles McAdams||Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs|
|Dr. Beverly Moon||Dean of Research, Assessment, & Planning/SACS Liaison|
|Mr. Don Allan Mitchell||Faculty Senate President|
|Mr. Steve McClellan||Vice President for Finance and Administration|
|Dr. Michelle Roberts||Vice President for University Relations|
|SACS Guidelines and Forms
Quality Enhancement Plan
Delta State University Resources
Handbooks for the DSU Community
Institutional Effectiveness at DSU