Rhodes Professor Receives Service Award From Regional Accrediting Body
Publication Date: 12/20/2010
Dr. Mark V. Smith, Distinguished Service Professor of Education at Rhodes College, recently received a Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) at its annual conference held in Louisville, Ky.
“Professor Smith’s understanding of, and engagement with, the processes of assessment and accreditation in higher education is legendary,” said Dr. Michael Drompp, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs. “His work in this area exemplifies the ‘competency, creativity, and accomplishment’ that this award seeks to celebrate. Professor Smith has long been a valued member of the Rhodes community, and we are delighted that SACSCOC has recognized his important contributions through the granting of this award.”
During his more than 25 years of service to the commission, Smith has made 20 site visits, chaired 13 reaffirmation visits, chaired four Fifth-Year Interim Report Subcommittees, and has been a Special Reader for the Committee on Compliance and Reports. In addition, Smith has been an invited speaker at the two most recent SACSCOC Summer Institutes on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation. He also assisted with the recent successful reaffirmation of accreditation for Rhodes.
“In your total work for the commission, you have provided insight and leadership to accreditation cases and to challenges facing the commission and its evaluation committees,” said Dr. John Hilpert, chair of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.
The Meritorious Service Awards are presented to those in higher education who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to and understanding of accreditation processes, who are respected by their peers for their integrity and the meritorious quality of their service, and who are recognized as models of competency, creativity, and accomplishment.
Located in Decatur, Ga., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the U.S. Southern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and in Latin America and Dubai, Saudi Arabia, that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.