Steering Committee

All institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) are required to undergo a comprehensive review for reaffirmation of accreditation every ten years. Since 1913, LSU has continuously maintained its SACSCOC accreditation. Our most recent reaffirmation was in 2014, and we are scheduled again in 2024. Preparation must begin now in order to make sure we have the evidence and narrative completed in the format required by SACSCOC. I hope that you will accept my request to serve on the Steering Committee for this important process. Members were identified because of specific roles they play at LSU and/or subject matter expertise. The LSU Office of Institutional Effectiveness will manage the 2024 reaffirmation process. 

The responsibility of the Steering Committee is to provide oversight of the planning process, which includes two primary components:

  • Compliance Certification, which provides narrative and supporting evidence to demonstrate compliance with each of the 73 standards set forth by SACSCOC.
  • Quality Enhancement Plan, which is a program designated as an institutional priority to enhance student learning and/or student success. 

Specifically, the steering committee members shall: 

  • Provide oversight of the compliance certification and QEP processes to ensure timely submittal to SACSCOC, including any follow-up reports.
  • Ensure the integrity of the process, including the university’s responses.
  • Engage campus and direct administrative action, as needed, in support of reaffirmation.
  • Serve as the chair of a subcommittee, as assigned, to develop narrative and supporting evidence of SACSCOC standards.
  • Review and provide feedback, as requested, for the compliance certification and the QEP proposal.
  • Participate in the campus visit of the On-Site Review Committee, as applicable.

Key Dates for the Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process include:

Date Description
Spring 2022 Appointment of LSU Reaffirmation Steering Committee
Summer 2022 Review Recommendations from the QEP Topic Selection Committee
Fall 2022
Formation of QEP Development and Implementation Committee
Status Update: Initial review of draft standards and supporting evidence
May 1, 2023 Review final draft of compliance certification
September 1, 2023 Submittal of compliance certification and initial QEP to SACSCOC 
October 31-November 3, 2023 Off-site peer evaluation of compliance
January 2024 (date TBD) Submittal of final QEP proposal
Submittal of Focused Report (if applicable)
April 2-4, 2024 On-site review and QEP consultation
December 5-8, 2024 Final review by SACSCOC Board of Trustees


Appointment of SACSCOC Steering Committee

Member Unit/Represented Area
Roy Haggerty, Chair Executive Vice President & Provost
Jackie Bach Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Support Services
Danny Barrow Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success
Inessa Bazayev Faculty Senate, President
Daniel Bureau Associate Vice President for Student Health & Wellbeing (Vice President, Student Affairs Designee) 
Jane Cassidy Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs;  SACSCOC Institutional Accreditation Liaison
Jason Droddy Vice President, Public Policy
John Hopkins Chair, Faculty Senate Courses & Curriculum Committee
Clay Jones Associate Vice President, Human Resource Management
Kimberly Lewis Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Tammy Millican Staff Senate, Past-President
Roland Mitchell Dean, College of Human Science & Education
Tara Rose Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
James Spencer Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School
Stanley Wilder Dean, LSU Libraries
Rebecca Burdette QEP Director, Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Director, Ex Officio
Claire Sassic Young Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Effectiveness, Ex Officio