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Invitation for Public Comment
SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation Review
(Responses due: March 28, 2016)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of the Principles of Accreditation – the membership developed and approved standards for SACSCOC-accredited institutions.  The purpose of the review is to examine whether current standards are rigorous, relevant, and appropriate indicators of quality for SACSCOC institutions.

The Principles Review Committee, comprised of peer representatives from all states and types of institutions in the Southeastern region of the United States, seeks your input as it collects information to use as the basis for proposed changes to the standards.   To this end, the Committee is providing two different data collection instruments, each designed to accommodate your particular style for providing feedback.

The first instrument, “SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation Review Survey,” seeks input through a multiple-choice questionnaire, with some open-ended opportunities to comment. 

The second instrument, “SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation Review General Comments,” invites the respondent to comment on any/all/part of the standards as well as the review process itself. It contains no designed questions other than general information about the respondent.

For both instruments, it is the option of the respondent to provide their name, the name of the institution/agency/association/other, and contact information.  Such information will allow the Committee to follow up with individuals if necessary.

Please submit your completed form by March 28, 2016, so that the Committee has ample time to consider all comments and suggestions.  Thank you.

Timeline for the Project:

Review by the Principles Review Committee and the Membership of any proposed changes:  March 1, 2016- through March 1, 2017.

Review and adoption by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees:  June 2017.

Review and final vote of adoption by the member institutions of SACSCOC:  December 2017 during the Annual Meeting.



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