Committee Member Training Workshops

Currently, the Commission facilitates virtual and face-to-face training workshops for peer evaluators in the following review areas:

Unless otherwise noted, evaluator training workshops are “by-invitation only” and only open to individuals who are listed in the SACSCOC Peer Evaluator Registry as evaluators but have no or relatively limited experience in serving on evaluation committees. There are no fees for attending these workshops; however, participants are responsible for their own lodging/travel costs (for in-person sessions).

Academic Evaluators

The half-day training workshop for Academic peer evaluators is designed to focus on: 1) the intent and structure (i.e., compliance components) of selected Principles of Accreditation related to Educational Programs and Faculty, 2) using professional judgments to analytically interpret and apply the Principles, and 3) the characteristics of a valid, clear, and constructive committee report. The workshop follows a highly interactive format by simulating a focused, scaled-down off-site review experience. The participants are expected to complete a case-study assignment prior to the workshop.

The following Academic evaluator training workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • January 21, 2022
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)
  • July 17, 2022
    • Pre-conference workshop at the 2022 SACSCOC Summer Institute | Lake Buena Vista, FL (please note that registration for the Summer Institute is required)

For more information about the Academic peer evaluator training workshop, please contact Dr. Alexei G. Matveev, Director of Training and Research, at amatveev@sacscoc.org.

Finance Evaluators

The Finance evaluator training module provides detail and insight into SACSCOC finance accreditation standards. An emphasis is placed on acceptable documentation, and the interpretation of that documentation using professional judgment.  Examples of financial analysis are provided along with writing samples to guide the Finance evaluator’s approach to interpretation and application of the Principles.

Training opportunities for current and prospective Finance peer evaluators are offered in conjunction with the SACSCOC Annual Meetings as two-hour sessions (separate sessions for public and private institutions). These sessions are open to all finance officers registered to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, trainings for Finance evaluators are periodically offered at the SACUBO and other professional meetings for finance officers.

For more information about training for Finance peer evaluators, please contact Ms. Donna Barrett, Director of Institutional Finance, at dbarrett@sacscoc.org.

Governance and Administration Evaluators

The half-day training workshop for Governance and Administration peer evaluators (i.e., CEOs – Presidents and Chancellors) is designed to focus on: 1) the intent and structure (i.e., compliance components) of selected Principles of Accreditation related to Governance, Administration, and Organization, 2) using professional judgment to analytically interpret and apply accreditation principle, and 3) the characteristics of a valid, clear, and constructive committee report. The workshop follows a highly interactive format by simulating a focused, scaled-down off-site review experience. The participants are expected to complete a case-study assignment prior to the workshop.

The following Governance and Administration evaluator training workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • November 15, 2021
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)
  • Spring 2022 (TBD)
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)

For more information about the CEO peer evaluator training workshop, please contact Dr. Alexei G. Matveev, Director of Training and Research, at amatveev@sacscoc.org.

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Evaluators

The day-long training workshop for Institutional Effectiveness (IE) peer evaluators is designed to focus on: 1) the intent and structure (i.e., compliance components) of selected Principles of Accreditation related to Institutional Effectiveness, 2) using professional judgment to analytically interpret and apply the Principles, and 3) the characteristics of a valid, clear, and constructive committee report. The workshop follows a highly interactive format by simulating a focused, scaled-down off-site review experience. The participants are expected to complete a comprehensive case-study assignment prior to the workshop.

The following IE evaluator training workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 AY:

  • October 22, 2021
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)
  • March 25, 2022
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)

For more information about the IE peer evaluator training workshop, please contact Dr. Alexei G. Matveev, Director of Training and Research, at amatveev@sacscoc.org.

Library/Learning Resources Evaluators

The day-long training workshop for Library/Learning Resources peer evaluators is designed to focus on: 1) the intent and structure (i.e., compliance components) of selected Principles of Accreditation related to Library/Learning Resources, 2) using professional judgment to analytically interpret and apply the Principles, and 3) the characteristics of a valid, clear, and constructive committee report. The workshop follows a highly interactive format by simulating a focused, scaled-down off-site review experience. The participants are expected to complete a comprehensive case-study assignment prior to the workshop.

The following workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • February 2022 (date TBD)
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)
  • Summer 2022 (TBD)
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)

For more information about the Library/Learning Resources peer evaluator training workshop, please contact Dr. Alexei G. Matveev, Director of Training and Research, at amatveev@sacscoc.org.

Student Services Evaluators

The day-long training workshop for Student Services peer evaluators is designed to focus on: 1) the intent and structure (i.e., compliance components) of selected Principles of Accreditation related to Student and Academic Support Services, 2) using professional judgment to analytically interpret and apply the Principles, and 3) the characteristics of a valid, clear, and constructive committee report. The workshop follows a highly interactive format by simulating a focused, scaled-down off-site review experience. The participants are expected to complete a comprehensive case-study assignment prior to the workshop.

Currently, Library evaluator workshops are “by-invitation only” and only open to individuals who are listed in the SACSCOC Peer Evaluator Registry as Student Services evaluators but have no or relatively limited experience in serving on evaluation committees. There are no fees for attending these workshops; however, participants are responsible for their own lodging/travel costs (for in-person sessions). The following workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • September 24, 2021
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)
  • Summer 2022 (TBD)
    • Virtual (via Zoom and Moodle platforms)

For more information about the Student Services peer evaluator training workshop, please contact Dr. Alexei G. Matveev, Director of Training and Research, at amatveev@sacscoc.org.