Standard Committees

Standard Committees

The reaffirmation of our SACSCOC accreditation requires us to address 14 standards set forth by SACSCOC. To ensure that we have a diverse set of eyes helping us gather and present documentation that illustrates our compliance with each standard, we have 14 Standard Committees (SC) with nine members (i.e., faculty, staff, students and administrators) including a chair and vice chair to lead and guide members through the reaffirmation process. Each SC chair serves as a member of the Compliance Steering Committee which oversees the SACSCOC reaffirmation process and prepares final documents for the Leadership Team to review, edit and approve for final submission. The meeting day(s) and time(s) for the 14 standard committees varies; however, each SC chair must present a progress report during the monthly CSC meetings held on Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11 during the fall 2018 semester from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm in 306 Troup. Below are the members of the 14 SC and the purpose of each standard.

Section 1: The Principle of Integrity

The institution operates with integrity in all matters.

Section 2: Mission

The institution has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. The mission addresses teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service.

Section 3: Basic Eligibility Standard

The institution (a) has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies (b) offers all coursework required for at least one degree program at each level at which it awards degrees. (c) is in operation and has students enrolled in degree programs.

Section 4: Governing Board

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that: (a) is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. (b) exercises fiduciary oversight of the institution. (c) ensures that both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, personal, or familial financial interest in the institution. (d) is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or institutions separate from it. (e) is not presided over by the chief executive officer of the institution.

Section 5: Administration & Organization

The institution has a chief executive officer whose primary responsibility is to the institution.

Section 6: Faculty

The institution employs an adequate number of full-time faculty members to support the mission and goals of the institution.

Section 7: Institutional Planning & Effectiveness

The institution engages in ongoing, comprehensive, and integrated research-based planning and evaluation processes that (a) focus on institutional quality and effectiveness and (b) incorporate a systematic review of institutional goals and outcomes consistent with its mission.

Section 8: Student Achievement

The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.

Section 9: Educational Program Structure & Content

The institution educational programs (a) embody a coherent course of study, (b) are compatible with the stated mission and goals of the institution, and (c) are based on fields of study appropriate to higher education.

Section 10: Educational Policies, Procedures & Practices

The institution publishes, implements, and disseminates academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice and that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution.

Section 11: Library & Learning/Information Resources

The institution provides adequate and appropriate library and learning/information resources, services, and support for its mission.

Section 12: Academic & Student Support Services

The institution provides appropriate academic and student support programs, services, and activities consistent with its mission.

Section 13: Financial & Physical Resources

The institution has sound financial resources and a demonstrated, stable financial base to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services.

Section 14: Transparency & Institutional Representation

The institution (a) accurately represents its accreditation status and publishes the name, address, and telephone number of SACSCOC in accordance with SACSCOC’s requirements and federal policy; and (b) ensures all its branch campuses include the name of that institution and make it clear that their accreditation depends on the continued accreditation of the parent campus.

Fort Valley State University