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!*”

To Sample or not to Sample, That is the Question…

This is the sixth in a series focused on SACSOC interpretations of The Principles of Accreditation. There are a few standards where institutions are permitted to provide a sample of documentation needed to make a case for compliance. We are talking about 7.3 Administrative Effectiveness, 8.2.a Student Outcomes: educational programs, and 8.2.c Student outcomes: academicContinue reading “To Sample or not to Sample, That is the Question…”

A Healthy, Safe, and Secure Environment

This is the fifth in a series focused on SACSCOC interpretations of The Principles of Accreditation 13.8 Institutional environmentUnlike some of the other standards that are accompanied by interpretations, 13.8 does not represent an accreditation challenge for most institutions. Additionally, the 2020 interpretation of the standard, which can be found here, is included in theContinue reading “A Healthy, Safe, and Secure Environment”

An additional layer to program student learning outcomes (8.2.a)

This is the fourth in a series focused on SACSCOC interpretations of the Principles of Accreditation. 8.2.a (Student Outcomes: Educational Programs) is is not a Core Requirement but is a DOE standard. This means that an on-site committee must take a look at this one regardless of the judgement of the off-site committee.  More thanContinue reading “An additional layer to program student learning outcomes (8.2.a)”