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Substantive Changes

(Comments due by February 5, 2017)

The 2015-2017 Principles Review Committee invites comments on the first draft of the proposed changes to SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation:  Foundations for Quality Enhancement.  To date, the Committee has:

  • Restructured the Principles, collapsed by topics, eliminated redundancy, combined standards, and created multiple parts under single standards.
  • Revised the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as a comprehensive standard requiring that the QEP emerge from the institution’s ongoing planning process; focus on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success; demonstrate that resources are available to complete the QEP; and include a plan to assess achievement.
  • Integrated federally mandated policies into the Principles.
  • Moved some current standards to the Resource Manual as guidelines
  • Clarified, revised, defined, expanded or studied the following standards most often cited in the survey as problematic: (1) CS 3.3.1 and CR 2.5 (Institutional effectiveness); (2) CR 2.8 (Full time faculty), CS 3.7.1 (Faculty competence), and CS 3.5.4 (Terminal degrees of faculty); (3) Policy compliance (policies outlined under CS 3.13.1 in the Compliance Certification); (4) CS 3.5.1 (General education competencies); (5) FR 4.1 (Student achievement); (6) CS 3.4.7 (Consortial relationships); (7) CR 2.9 and CS 3.8.1 (Learning resources and services); (8) CR 2.10 (Student support services); (9) CS 3.2.3-3.2.7 and CR 2.2 (Issues of governance); (10) CS 3.12.1 ) Substantive change); and (11) CS (Institutional effectives for research and service missions).

The Committee has restructured the Principles by the following topics as indicated by the survey:  The Principle of Integrity;  Basic Eligibility Standards; Governing Board; Administrative Leadership; Faculty; Institutional Planning and Improvement; Student Achievement; Educational Program Structure and Content; Educational Policies, Procedures, and Practices; Library and Learning Resources; Academic and Student Support Services, Financial and Physical Resources; and Transparency and Institutional Representation.

The Committee is not seeking comments regarding the order of standards; rather, it is seeking comments regarding the clarity, rigor, and relevancy of each requirement.  The standards will be ordered sequentially after all wording is finalized. 

To provide your comments, please access online FEEDBACK FORM.

All comments received by February 5 will be forwarded to the Committee for review during its deliberations on February 10, 2017.   A second draft will be posted March 1, 2017, for final comments before forwarding the proposed revised Principles of Accreditation to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees for review during its meeting June 2017.  The SACSCOC membership will take final action on the approval of the changes during SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2017.

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