SACS body reaffirms Auburn accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges this week reaffirmed Auburn University’s accreditation.

The approval was announced Tuesday during the SACS Commission on Colleges annual winter meeting in Atlanta.

Following usual procedures for decennial reviews, the Commission on Colleges reached its reaffirmation decision after teams of educators from peer institutions reviewed Auburn’s compliance with the principles of accreditation. Preliminary review was conducted by an off-site team in October 2012, and the second team visited in March to confirm Auburn’s continued compliance with accreditation standards and federal requirements and the university’s plans for enhancing student learning in the future.

“The rigorous review and focus on improvement of the reaccreditation process is healthy for Auburn,” said President Jay Gogue. “It strengthens our academic quality and ensures we’re using best practices across campus. The Auburn Family can rest assured that we’re well-positioned to help future generations reach their hopes and dreams.”

“The reaffirmation is the latest step in an ongoing process in which the university continually reexamines our mission, programs, goals and outcomes over the past decade in order to chart a course for future success,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our peers from other member institutions of the SACS Commission on Colleges have provided collegial support throughout this process, and we also thank the Commission staff for their assistance.”

The Auburn provost added, “I would especially like to thank the many faculty and staff leaders who have worked together to help guide Auburn University through this process, as well as Drew Clark and the staff of Institutional Research and Assessment, who provided vital support at every stage. Auburn University is well prepared to serve its students and graduates worldwide and the people of Alabama over the next decade.”

In a major change adopted since Auburn’s previous reaffirmation in 2004, each SACSCOC member institution develops a quality enhancement plan, or QEP, which is then examined as part of the institution’s accreditation process. For its QEP component, Auburn is implementing a program for students to develop professional electronic portfolios, which are collections of digital artifacts such as text, visual materials, sound files and other electronic materials that document the student’s academic growth.

Typically, students begin ePortfolios early in their academic careers and refine them as they progress toward graduation. The ePortfolio program seeks to help students develop a broader academic perspective while producing evidence of a student’s capacity for graduate study or employment, or both.

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