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|SOUTHEASTERN’S ACCREDITATION REAFFIRMED BY SACS
HAMMOND -- Southeastern
Louisiana University’s application for reaffirmation of accreditation by
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) was approved at
the SACS annual meeting in Atlanta this week, university officials announced.
Randy Moffett said the SACS Commission on Colleges voted to reaffirm the
university’s accreditation for another 10 years with no stipulations.
“This is the capstone accreditation
for the university,” Moffett said, “and I am proud of the strong efforts
of our faculty and staff who worked so hard to ensure a successful outcome.”
Southeastern has been accredited by SACS since 1946.
Moffett said Southeastern
has been preparing its application for the last several years. The application
demonstrates how Southeastern meets SACS standards that cover every aspect
of the university, including its mission and governance, financial and
physical resources, institutional effectiveness, student services, faculty
qualifications, athletics, quality of educational programs and library
During a three-day visit
in March, a SACS review team evaluated various documents, conducted inspections
and interviewed faculty, staff and students.
“The university is held
responsible for clearly demonstrating and documenting that we meet all
standards and have the highest commitment to institutional integrity, accountability
and quality improvement,” Moffett added.
The SACS review process
has changed significantly since Southeastern was last visited by a review
team in 1994. The process then required development of a single massive
self-study document. The new process mandates completion of a compliance
audit that addresses 73 standards with significant documentation that each
standard is being met.
The new review process
also requires the development of a quality enhancement plan (QEP) that
addresses an area designed to enhance student learning at the university.
Southeastern selected student advising and academic mentoring for its QEP.
A university team worked for more than a year doing an intensive study
and research in advance of preparing Southeastern’s academic advising plan,
which includes the development of a centralized advising center and strong
“Our efforts over the last
several years have been focused on increasing academic admission standards,”
Moffett said. “The academic advising model we have developed represents
an exciting opportunity to enhance student learning while also helping
us increase the university’s retention and graduation rates, key factors
in how universities are now being evaluated.”