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FAU Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 19, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University received notification from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that the Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the institution’s accreditation for the next 10 years.

No additional action was needed prior to submission to the entire Commission on Colleges — a report achieved by only 2 percent of colleges and universities undergoing similar reviews.

“This is a ringing endorsement of the current status of Florida Atlantic University and our collective vision for its growth and development in the years to come,” said Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees. “I speak on behalf of the Board of Trustees in saying that we are very proud of this outcome and of the hard work from all members of the FAU community.”

The SACS Commission on Colleges made the announcement this week at the annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The reaffirmation was a result of a thorough review of FAU’s compliance audit documents on every aspect of the University. Additionally, in February, a SACS team visited FAU’s campuses to meet with key individuals and groups that provided leadership for the reaffirmation process.

The reaccreditation process included a component that was designed to enhance student learning and further the mission of the University. FAU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Distinction through Discovery, aims to improve student learning by expanding a culture of undergraduate research and inquiry across all disciplines at the University.

FAU’s definition of undergraduate research focuses on inquiry. FAU faculty and students recognize inquiry to be a process and/or a product which centers on asking questions or solving problems and which encompasses intellectual traits that transcend subject matter divisions. Examples of this type of experiential learning included questioning existing ideas, identifying approaches to unstructured problems, thinking creatively, exploring new ideas and examining the processes by which knowledge is discovered.

SACS is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Each SACS-accredited institution undergoes a review every 10 years.

For more information on FAU’s QEP, visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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