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Southern Polytechnic State University receives SACS reaccreditation

December 14, 2009

At its annual convention, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) formally reaffirmed Southern Polytechnic State University’s institutional accreditation for an additional 10 years.

The accreditation process is one of the ways in which colleges and universities hold themselves accountable for fulfilling their educational mission, and are held accountable by an independent evaluation agency. The self-assessment process enables institutions to analyze whether they have continuously improved their contributions in teaching, research and service. Holding regional accreditation, such as that by SACS, is required for an institution’s continued eligibility for federal student aid and research grants, and for recognition of the university’s credits and degrees by other institutions.

SPSU’s reaffirmation follows an extensive multi-year self-study and an on-site review in March 2009 by a team of experienced educators from across the southeastern United States. During the review, team members conducted interviews with staff, faculty, and students, examined facilities, reviewed documents, and evaluated compliance with the SACS guidelines.

As part of the assessment process, faculty and staff at SPSU also created a Quality Enhancement Program to improve student learning. SPSU’s initiative focuses on engaging entering students in learning communities, a method designed to improve student success by forming cohorts with similar interests and choices of majors.

“The SACS report and the reaffirmation of accreditation validate the assessment process by the University community and highlights SPSU’s commitment to creating a learning environment that encourages thoughtful inquiry, diverse perspectives and strong preparation for our students,” said SPSU president Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher.

The Cobb Chamber would like to congratulate SPSU for this accomplishment!

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