Does online instruction help or hurt your IE metrics?

Inside Higher Ed posted an interesting article about online instruction the other day. You can find it here. Even before the pandemic, students were voting with their class registrations, pushing institutions to increase online offerings, which brought about a decrease in face-to-face instruction. It is not difficult to meet the minimum requirements of your accreditor,Continue reading “Does online instruction help or hurt your IE metrics?”

Mixed Signals on 8.2.a?

Standard 8.2.a (Student Outcomes: educational programs) is one of the most common areas of non-compliance in the SACSCOC region. That makes sense since it is a complex standard that impacts nearly every corner of the academic division of an institution. It does not help when you get mixed signals about what is required to makeContinue reading “Mixed Signals on 8.2.a?”

SACSCOC Annual Meeting

In a little less than a month, we will gather in Atlanta for the SACSCOC annual meeting. My first meeting was probably 2005 and that started me on this journey of becoming an accreditation nerd. I’m OK with that label. Reflecting on my approach to the annual meetings tells an interesting story. Early on IContinue reading “SACSCOC Annual Meeting”

Do you have style?

When we are starting work with a new client on a large project, such as a 5th year report or a reaffirmation, we always ask about a style guide. This is important for a large document with multiple authors. The style guide controls how your institution’s name shows up in print (and how it isContinue reading “Do you have style?”

Why isn’t everybody building competency-based programs?

The SACSCOC Board approved the Direct Assessment Competency-Based Educational Programs Policy Statement in 2013. I’m ashamed to admit that I was in a position to collaborate with faculty to develop such a program for more than six years (before beginning this consulting adventure) and I never did. The possibilities, particularly in the workforce area, areContinue reading “Why isn’t everybody building competency-based programs?”

Less work for your next reaffirmation!*

There is always an asterisk, isn’t there? We’ll get to that. The SACSCOC Differentiated Review Process permits qualifying institutions to reduce the number of narratives. Don’t get too excited, you don’t get to pick which ones and most of the common problem standards are on the differentiated review list. In fact, seven of the topContinue reading “Less work for your next reaffirmation!*”