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Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Principles in Decennial Reaffirmation News

These tables presents basic descriptive statistics on findings of non-compliance at the three stages of reaffirmation reviews

Non-Compliance Factors in CR 8.1: Illustrative Examples

NSC SACSCOC Summary Fall 2015
This document provides a summary of the analysis of selected National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) completion rate data (2007 student cohort) for key institutional segments of SACSCOC 2-year (pp. 1-2) and 4-year (pp. 3-4) schools.

QEP – Pointers from Peer Evaluators
This document presents a set of pointers that emerged from the content analysis of the survey responses provided by SACSCOC peer evaluators. Illustrative direct quotes are intended to highlight peer evaluators’ perspectives and to assist institutions in designing effective and sustainable QEPs.

Summary QEP Topics Fall 2012
The purpose of this research project was to explore a pattern of intended Student Learning Outcomes identified by institutions for Quality Enhancement Plans (QEPs).

Summary Integration of HIPs in QEPs Spring 2013 
The purpose of this project was to capture the extent to which educational High-Impact Practices (HIPs1) identified by Kuh (2008) and advanced by AAC&U are integrated by SACSCOC institutions in the Quality Enhancement Plans (QEPs).

Guideline: Requests for Data or Research Assistance 
(Approved Dec 2015) The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) supports meaningful research inquiries in postsecondary education, especially on issues related to regional accreditation. SACSCOC will accept a limited number of substantive requests for data/research assistance from graduate students representing SACSCOC member institutions and working on dissertation/thesis research projects directly related to accreditation topics. The Commission will also accept a limited number of substantive requests for collaboration from faculty members working on scholarly projects directly related to accreditation topics. The Commission will provide data/research assistance only to requests/proposals that have been reviewed by the Office of Training and Research, recommended by the SACSCOC Peer Review Advisory Board (PRAB), and approved by the SACSCOC President.