12/09/2014 04:20 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC, to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees for the next decade.
The announcement came during the recent 2014 SACSCOC Annual Meeting, held Dec. 6-9 in Nashville.
Every academic institution in the nation, as well as its programs, must have accreditation for its awarded degrees in order to receive federal funding. LSU Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Planning and Review T. Gilmour Reeve said that the reaffirmation process took more than two years to complete and involved faculty, staff, students and administrators from all parts of campus.
The reaffirmation process began in June of 2012, as SACSCOC representatives held initial meetings with LSU leadership. A steering committee composed of LSU administration, faculty and staff then prepared and submitted in September 2013 a compliance certification, which is a backward-looking document that demonstrates the university's current and prior years’ compliance with 98 SACSCOC principles of accreditation. A SACSCOC committee conducted an offsite review in November 2013 and sent to LSU a report of its findings.
In March of 2014, the SACS On-Site Reaffirmation Committee visited LSU to review any areas of noncompliance and to evaluate the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, a key component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. The QEP is a forward-looking, three- to five-year plan of action to improve student knowledge, skills, attitudes, values or behaviors. After receiving the SACS committee’s final report, LSU officials in September submitted the university’s response for final review.
Darrell Henry, Campanile Charities Professor in Geology in the LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics, served as director of reaffirmation and chaired the SACSCOC Steering Committee. Carol O'Neil, Class of 1941 Alumni Professor in the LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, chaired the QEP Task Force, which identified the topic of “Discover – Undergraduate Research” and prepared the QEP report.
For more information on LSU’s SACSCOC Accreditation process, visit http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/academicaffairs/sacscoc/index.html.
Other LSU System campuses reaffirmed in 2014 include the LSU Law Center, LSU Eunice and LSU Health Shreveport. LSU Alexandria, LSU Shreveport and LSU Health New Orleans will appear before SACSCOC in 2015 for reaffirmation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. For more information, visit www.sacscoc.org.
Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014