A Message from President Saunders
FAU Soars through SACS Review
After hosting a 10-member team of reviewers for an intensive 3-day site visit, Florida Atlantic University is being recommended for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). During the visit, reviewers met with students, faculty, administrators, and members of the Board of Trustees at FAU’s Boca Raton, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and Jupiter campuses.
At the conclusion of the visit, the SACS On-site Reaffirmation Committee gave FAU the highest possible preliminary evaluation, offering no recommendations for additional action prior to reaffirmation. Additionally, FAU was commended for its outstanding on-site visit planning efforts, hospitality, organization, and attention to detail. Final confirmation of the University’s reaffirmation of accreditation is expected to take place at the December 2013 annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The 10-year cycle for SACSCOC reaffirmation includes the submission and review of two major components: the Compliance Certification Report (CCR) and the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The CCR is comprised of individual narratives and supporting evidence that demonstrate the University’s compliance with over 90 standards of accreditation as determined by SACSCOC and its member institutions. The QEP is an institution-specific plan designed to enhance undergraduate education and the learning experience.
FAU’s compliance audit, which began in the fall of 2010, resulted in a 450-page CCR which was supported by over 1500 documents of evidence. The CCR was submitted for the first phase of evaluation, the off-site review, in September 2012. In November 2012, after months of examination, FAU received an excellent report by the SACS Off-site Committee.
The on-site phase of FAU’s reaffirmation process, which focuses on the QEP, was equally successful. The SACS team commented that they had never seen a more enthusiastic University-wide buy-in for a QEP, and they commended FAU for tackling the task of expanding the culture of undergraduate research and inquiry, which is the focus of our QEP.
We can all take tremendous pride in this outcome, which provides a ringing endorsement of the current status of our University and our vision for its growth and development in the years to come.
Sincere thanks and congratulations are due to all of the many individuals in the University community who took part in the process and worked so hard to secure FAU’s successful outcome. Terrific teamwork has brought us to this great day!
Mary Jane Saunders, President