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SACS Accreditation Process. Presented by Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President Commission on Colleges---SACS. History of Accreditation. Based on philosophy that “a free people can and ought to govern themselves through a representative, flexible, and responsive system.”. Purpose of Accreditation.

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sacs accreditation process

SACS Accreditation Process

Presented by

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President

Commission on Colleges---SACS

history of accreditation
History of Accreditation
  • Based on philosophy that “a free people can and ought to govern themselves through a representative, flexible, and responsive system.”
purpose of accreditation
Purpose of Accreditation
  • Signifies that “an institution has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.”
  • Indicates that an institution maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.”
principles of accreditation
Principles of Accreditation
  • Integrity—honest and open
  • Thoughtful and principled judgment
  • Rigorous application of requirements
  • Context of Trust
  • Voluntary participation
  • Self-regulatory process (peer review)
process
Process
  • Provides an assessment of an institution’s effectiveness in the fulfillment of its mission, its compliance with the requirements of its accrediting association, and its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and its programs and services
  • Stimulates evaluation and improvement
  • Provides continuing accountability to the public
assessing quality of degree programs
ASSESSING QUALITY OF DEGREE PROGRAMS
  • Length – CR2.7.1
  • Rigor (collegiate level) – CS3.4.4
  • General education broadly based – CR2.7.3
  • Coherence – CR2.7.1
  • Faculty qualifications – CS3.7.1/3.5.4 and Policy on Transfer…
  • Transfer-in credits comparable – CS3.4.4
  • Compatibility with mission – CR2.7.1
measuring student learning outcomes cs3 3 1
MEASURING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES CS3.3.1
  • Quality of stated program outcomes:
    • Clearly stated and measurable
    • Include learning outcomes (not just process/productivity outcomes)
  • Quality of assessment strategy:
    • Include multiple measures: (internal/external; quantitative/qualitative; direct/indirect; authentic/standardized)
measuring student learning outcomes cont
Quality of having used assessment results for improvement:

Alignment among assessment results, strategy for improvement, and outcomes

What was learned from this process that may be further used to make improvements.

MEASURING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (cont)
s tudents a re c entral to s uccess

Students Are Central to Success

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.

bwheelan@sacscoc.org

404.679.4512