Fort Valley State celebrates 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS



Fort Valley State University President Larry E. Rivers today announced that the respected Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has reaffirmed the university’s accreditation for another ten years.

Rivers stated, “There is no more significant undertaking for a college or university than maintaining its accreditation through the reaffirmation process.”

The SACS decision by the Commission on Colleges came Tuesday, December 7, at the organization’s annual meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky. All regionally accredited institutions must undergo the reaffirmation process on a ten-year cycle.

FVSU’s good news came following a multi-year effort by university administrators, faculty, and staff to prepare for reaffirmation. Vice President for Academic Affairs JuliusScipio explained: “The SACS leadership team, steering committee and subcommittees began working as soon as they were charged in summer 2006 following President Rivers’ arrival on campus the previous March. I can say from personal experience that the reaffirmation occurred as the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of a lot of people since that time.”

Key figures in the university’s affirmation effort, Rivers detailed, included, among others, Dr. Scipio, who also serves as the SACS accreditation liaison at FVSU; Dr. Vann Newkirk, associate vice president for academic affairs, who guided institutional effectiveness efforts; and Dr. Josephine Davis, professor of mathematics and director of the institution’s quality enhancement plan (QEP).

Scipio added, “It was an honor and privilege to be engaged with the quality team assembled at Fort Valley State. The entire FVSU family deserves credit, too, because SACS accreditation measures our viability as a whole, and it takes all the university’s stakeholders working together to ensure the maintenance and improvement of that viability.”

Rivers concluded, “Now, watch Fort Valley State grow even more in size and reputation as the new decade opens!”

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