SACS LIAISON: WESTERN IS
MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
CULLOWHEE - Western's reaccreditation efforts are on target and the university is making good progress toward reaffirmation in 2007. That's the word from Ann Chard, a vice president of the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, after her Monday, Nov. 14, visit to Cullowhee.
On campus to review the status of Western's reaccreditation efforts, Chard met with Chancellor John W. Bardo, Provost Kyle R. Carter, the university's executive council and the combined SACS committees. She also heard from members of the university community at a general meeting and reception.
The meetings gave Chard, who is Western's official SACS liaison, the opportunity to provide feedback on Western's review materials and to answer questions on the review process.
With the institutional review on target, next steps in the review process are in place, said Carol Burton, the university's SACS review director.
“Western is sending 12 institutional representatives to an upcoming SACS conference in Atlanta,” Burton said. “The conference will help us refine strategies for completing our compliance certification, which is due in September 2006, and provide guidance for developing our Quality Enhancement Plan, a key component of the new review process.”
Western's SACS review process is a truly united effort, said Burton. “I'd like to express my appreciation to all involved for their dedication and tremendous support in this process,” she said. “At the end of the day, the review is about improving our institution and serving our students.”
More than 150 members of the university community have collectively served on committees, drafted standards and provided information for the review.
SACS is the major accrediting body for more than 780 public and private institutions of higher education in the South. Western has been accredited by SACS since 1946; the last accreditation review took place in 1996. The next review will occur in the spring of 2007 when the review team will visit Western upon completion of the self-study process currently under way.
For more information, visit the SACS review Web site at www.wcu.edu/SACS .