Southeastern Louisiana University is a public, regional, comprehensive university. The institution began in 1925 and was first accredited as a degree-granting institution of higher education by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1946. Southeastern has maintained successful accreditation from that time to the present. The last reaffirmation site visit took place in 1994.
Southeastern is fully committed to the fundamental principles of accreditation put forth by the Commission on Colleges.
- Southeastern recognizes that participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and that accreditation is an earned and renewable status.
- Southeastern acknowledges that member institutions develop, amend, and approve accreditation requirements.
- Southeastern affirms that the process of accreditation is representative, responsive, and appropriate to the types of institutions accredited.
- The University recognizes that accreditation is self-regulation and requires institutional commitment and engagement.
- Southeastern concurs that accreditation is at its best when it is based upon a peer review process.
- Southeastern agrees that accreditation appropriately requires an institutional commitment to student learning and achievement, and the University has made that commitment.
- As part of the accreditation process, Southeastern exercises its prerogative to articulate its mission within the recognized context of higher education and demonstrates its responsibility to show that it is accomplishing its mission.
- Through reaffirmation of accreditation, the University demonstrates that it has developed a balanced governing structure designed to promote institutional autonomy and flexibility of operation.
- Southeastern ensures that its programs are complemented by support structures and resources that allow for the total growth and development of its students.
Furthermore, Southeastern is fully committed to the principles of integrity and its commitment to quality enhancement. Information presented to the Commission on Colleges by the University is honest, open, and accurate. The University demonstrates that integrity governs its operation at all levels. The Compliance Certification Report, endorsed by the President and the Accreditation Liaison Officer, makes evident the University's adherence to the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Colleges. The University also engages in an ongoing program of improvement and strives to make quality and effectiveness a hallmark of all programs and services that support its mission to students and the community.