SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Reaffirmation is a process the College goes through every 10 years. Our next vote for reaffirmation of our accreditation comes in December, 2019. There are three primary components of reaffirmation:
The college must demonstrate that assessment is an engrained part of our work ethic. We must demonstrate that there is an institutional framework for assessment, that we use assessment results to drive changes and decision making, and that this process occurs at all levels of the institution.
2. Compliance Reporting
Analagous to the "Self Study" under the old accreditation requirements, the Compliance Report is a document that demonstrates Rhodes′ compliance with each of SACS′s Comprehensive Standards, Core Requirements, and Federal Requirements. Unlike the myriad "must" statements under the old system, SACS now simply identifies a small number of standards and requirements, leaving it up to each institution to decide how best to implement those items and how to demonstrate our compliance with them.
3. Quality Enhancement Plan
The most significant change to the accreditation process is the Quality Enhancement Plan, often referred to as the "QEP". The QEP must be a focused and succinct report that
“...(1) focuses on significant issues supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution; (2) describes the institution’s capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the Plan; (3) includes a plan to assess the achievement of the goals of the QEP; and (4) has broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development of the Plan.”
(“Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement” (Draft Proposal), SACS COC, April 10, 2006.)
The steering team that led Rhodes through its successful 2009 reaffirmation process consisted of
- Charlotte Borst, sponsor
- Robert Strandburg, chair
- Mark Smith, leadership team
- Bette Ackerman, leadership team
- Jay Eckles, leadership team
- John Olsen
- Mac McWhirter
- Glenn Munson
- Forrest Stuart
- Dwaun Warmack
We also received extensive help from Daney Kepple.