(Feb. 7, 2018) -- In a continued effort to provide students with the very best educational experience, The University of Texas as San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). During the accreditation process, UTSA will demonstrate that it meets prescribed standards established by SACSCOC, the regional accrediting body for higher education institutions in 11 states including Texas.
In an initiative dubbed Racing to Accreditation 2020, UTSA formed an initial working group in July 2017 to begin its reaccreditation efforts. Led by Kasey Neece-Fielder, associate vice provost for strategic planning and assessment and SACSCOC Liaison, the group has since grown to include more than 40 people representing various areas across the university.
The team has conducted an initial status check (or self-assessment), aligned with SACSCOC’s Principles of Accreditation, to review areas such as governance and administration, finances, faculty, student services, educational programs and policy compliance. The findings of the self-assessment are allowing UTSA to proactively improve targeted areas.
Once improvements are made, UTSA’s Compliance Certification Report will be submitted to SACSCOC for review, and feedback will be provided to UTSA. Once the university responds to that feedback, it will prepare for a site visit by a group of peer reviewers scheduled for March 16-19, 2020. The last step is the review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.
“Our reaccreditation takes the highest priority,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, in a message to UTSA students, faculty and staff. “I trust that the work being done to address the issues identified in our status check will only drive UTSA further toward excellence. This is the ultimate goal of the entire reaccreditation process, and with our collective focus and lots of hard work, I have no doubt of our success.”
Reaffirmation of accreditation is required every 10 years. UTSA has been continuously accredited through SACSCOC since 1974.
Racing to Reaccreditation 2020 Timeline:
Learn more about UTSA’s Racing to Reaccreditation 2020.
Read President Eighmy’s remarks on the importance the entire UTSA community plays in reaccreditation.
Through the month of February, the UTSA community is invited to join student organizations, colleges and departments at events that commemorate the African American people, places and events that have paved the way for racial equality.Various locations
Diploma Dash is a fast, certified 5k course for runners and a scenic route around Main Campus for walkers, strollers and dogs! There are individual and team prizes. Benefits UTSA students through the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship program.UTSA Main Campus
Enjoy music, food and socializing during this fundraising event benefiting the San Antonio Symphony League for the Youth Concert Series and the ITC for its ongoing educational mission.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Robert Rico, M.P.A., Department of Criminal Justice, for his presentation "Restorative Justice: A Relational Approach to Civic Discourse." Pizza will be provided to students while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.309), Downtown Campus
Spend an evening stirring your curiosity during these monthly talks featuring some of UTSA’s most renowned faculty, and learn how the latest research in their fields applies to our daily lives. This month's speaker is Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor and associate dean of the College of Public Policy.The Historic Guadalupe Theatre, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio
Meet with 60+ representatives from Texas and out-of-state schools to get information on becoming a competitive health professions applicant and information about the application and transition process.Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
UTSA master's of fine arts student Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick showcases her thesis through an art exhibit.Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, San Antonio
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni will roll up their sleeves to volunteer at nearly 20 service agencies throughout San Antonio.Convocation Center, Main Campus and service projects throughout San Antonio
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