(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:
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Dr. Don Jenkins from UT Health SA will lead this event UTSA with up to 30 certified STB trainers, and train up to 300 UTSA students and personnel in stop the bleed methods.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106), Main Campus
Get to know more about the Bexar County Criminal District Court candidates' stance on the issues before voting in the primary election on March 6.Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
As part of RecycleMania,UTSA will provide sensitive document shredding services for the UTSA community. Bring documents to the parking lot between Student Union & Ximenes Avenue Garage. Document pick up also available for the Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses.H-E-B Student Union parking lot, Main Campus
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Koichiro Bansho will speak the importance of the Japan-U.S. relations from the historical and security perspectives. He will go over the history and future of the alliance between the two countries.H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
This panel discussion includes professionals from various careers and fields talking about maintaining a black identity in professional spaces.Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The Faculty Center presents geneticist, anthropologist, author & entrepreneur Spencer Wells. Join us for a talk about how our DNA informs the way our ancestors populated the planet and how research can change industry and perceptions.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come hear this geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur speak about "The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey." The lecture is free and open to the public.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus