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UTSA undergoes reaffirmation of accreditation

UTSA undergoes reaffirmation of accreditation

(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:

  • Spring and Summer 2018
    • Work on compliance certification document
  • Fall 2018
    • Compliance certification document draft due
  • September 2019
    • Final compliance certification document due
  • March 16-19, 2020
    • On-site peer review conducted
  • December 2020
    • Review by the SACS Commission on Colleges

- Courtney Clevenger

Learn more about UTSA’s Racing to Reaccreditation 2020.

Read President Eighmy’s remarks on the importance the entire UTSA community plays in reaccreditation.

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