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SACS Accreditation Reaffirmation Machinery: Action Plan, Quality Enhancement Plan and Compliance Certification Documents. David S. Adegboye, PhD Professor of Biology Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & SACS Liaison University Professional Conference August 18, 2008. OUTLINE.

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SACS Accreditation Reaffirmation Machinery: Action Plan, Quality Enhancement Plan and Compliance Certification Documents

David S. Adegboye, PhD

Professor of BiologyAssociate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & SACS LiaisonUniversity Professional ConferenceAugust 18, 2008

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  • Academic Program Update

  • The SUNO Action Plan-Class of 2011

  • Quality Enhancement Plan

  • Compliance Certification

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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • B.S. Biology

    • B.S. Criminal Justice

    • A.A. Drug & Substance Abuse

    • B.A. English

    • B.G.S. General Studies

    • B.S. Health Information Management(Director to be appointed)

    • B.A. History

    • B.S. Mathematics

    • B.A. Psychology

    • B.A. Sociology

    • B.S. Substance Abuse

    • M.A. Criminal Justice

    • M.A. Museum Studies

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  • College of Business & Public Administration

    • B.S. Business Entrepreneurship

    • B.A. Public Administration

    • B.S. Management Information Systems

    • M.S. Management Information Systems

  • College of Education

    • B.S. Early Childhood Education GR PK-3

    • B.S. Elementary Education GR 1-6

    • B.A. Child Development & Family Studies

    • Alternate Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education

    • Alternate Teacher Certification in Elementary Education

    • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction (under review)

  • School of Social Work

    • B.A. Social Work

    • M.S.W. Social Work

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  • Guides accreditation process

  • Reviewed by SUS-appointed Audit Team

  • Approved by SUNO Leadership Team

  • Made available to all faculty, chairs, deans, program directors and the administration

  • A Must-Read Document

  • Committees & Memberships – Pg. 20-29

  • Schedule of Activities (Timelines) – Pg. 36-47

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  • One of the 2 major documents to be submitted to SACS

  • A vehicle for institutional improvement through improved student learning

  • Results in increased overall quality and effectiveness of the institution

  • Must focus on one issue that can improve student learning

  • Will be a 100-page document inclusive of appendices

  • Submission to SACS six (6) weeks in advance of On-site visit

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Components of QEP Document

  • 5-year plan linking focus and outcomes of the QEP to resources

  • Brief title

  • Topic linked to improvement of student learning.

  • Clear definition of student learning related to focus of the QEP

  • Documentation of broad based involvement in topic selection and implementation

  • Well crafted goals that can be measured

  • Documentation of research-based efforts & best practices

  • Implementation plan, including timelines, budgets, assessment schedule & personnel

  • Evaluation plan

  • Appendices (not to exceed 25 pages)

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QEP Topic Selection Process

  • Chair, QEP Task Force address

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  • The second major document that must be submitted to SACS

  • Submission is 15 months prior to scheduled reaffirmation

  • Used by the institution to attest to its compliance with each of the

    • Core Requirements- 2.1 to 2.11

    • Comprehensive Standards – 3.1 to 3.14

    • Federal Regulations- 4.1 to 4.7

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  • Degree-granting Authority-2.1

  • Governing Board-2.2

  • Chief Executive Officer-2.3

  • Institutional Mission-2.4

  • Institutional Effectiveness-2.5

  • Continuous Operation-2.6

  • Program Length-2.7.1

  • Program Content-2.7.2

  • General Education-2.7.3

  • Course Work for Degrees-2.7.4

  • Faculty-2.8

  • Learning Resources & Services-2.9

  • Student Support Services-2.10

  • Financial Resources-2.11.1

  • Physical Resources-2.11.2


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  • Institutional Mission-3.1

  • Governance & Administration-3.2.1-3.2.14

  • Institutional Effectiveness-3.3

  • Programs-3.4.1-3.4.12

  • Educational Programs: Undergraduate-3.5.1-3.5.4

  • Educational Programs: Graduate & Post Bacc.-3.6.1-3.6.4

  • Faculty-3.7.1-3.7.5

  • Library & Other Learning Resources-3.8.1-3.8.3

  • Student Affairs & Services-3.9.1-3.9.3

  • Financial Resources-3.10.1-3.10.5

  • Physical Resources-3.11.1-3.11.3

  • Substantive Change Procedures & Policy-3.12

  • Compliance with other Commission Policies-3.13

  • Representation of Status with the Commission-3.14

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  • Student Achievement-4.1

  • Program Curriculum-4.2

  • Publication of Policies-4.3

  • Program Length-4.4

  • Student Complaints-4.5

  • Recruitment Materials-4.6

  • Title IV Program Responsibilities-4.7

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Fall 2008 Goals

  • University-wide Workshop on Institutional Effectiveness & QEP

  • Compliance Certification Detailed Action Plan with Timelines

  • First Draft of the QEP

  • Start data input into the Xitracts Electronic System

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Quality Enhancement Plan

Rose Duhon-Sells, PhD

Professor of EducationVice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Chair, QEP Task Force

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The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Task Force for SACS was constituted in Spring, 2006. The committee members of the Task Force were as follows:

  • Dr. Rose Duhon-Sells, Chair

  • Dr. James Takona

  • Dr. Adnan Omar

  • Dr. Sudipta Das

  • Dr. William Belisle

  • Dr. Ira Neighbors

  • Ms. Stacy Thomas

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QEP constituted in Spring, 2006. The committee members of the Task Force were as follows:

  • In Fall, 2006 the committee shared at the Faculty Conference a possible topic for the SACS/QEP Task Force which was: Improving student learning through First Time Freshmen Experiences.

  • All faculty members were given the opportunity to participate through a survey disseminated by the QEP Task Force at the Fall, 2006 Faculty Conference.

  • Based on the input from faculty campus-wide, the committee modified the topic and included four strains: E-Learning, Lifelong Learning, Student Support Services and Individualized Attention in Teaching and Learning.

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QEP constituted in Spring, 2006. The committee members of the Task Force were as follows:

  • At the end of Spring, 2007, the committee decided to re-focus the topic and narrow it down to attaining academic excellence by improving retention.

  • During the Summer, 2007 we were fortunate to have Dr. Rudy Jackson , the SACS liaison for SUNO, to meet with the QEP Task Force Committee to assist in narrowing the focus of the QEP topic, resulting in proposing a revised QEP topic as another phase in the process of developing the perfect QEP topic to improve student learning in our institution:

  • The current proposed QEP Topic: “Enhancing First Year Freshmen Student Learning with E-Learning”

  • Please provide your suggestions and comments to the topic on the yellow survey given with your packet.