Preparing for the On-Site Visit
Volunteer peer reviewers from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) will soon arrive at JMU to conduct our on-site visit. The campus visit will occur April 2-4, 2013. The on-site review team will primarily focus on our proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), but they will also be talking with faculty, staff and students about issues raised in JMU’s Compliance Certification and Focused Report.
The university submitted the Compliance Certification to our regional accrediting body, the SACSCOC, the first week of September. Many thanks go out to all of the people who assisted in the preparation of the report. This was a true team effort, and it could not have been completed without the participation of faculty and staff across campus.
To view a pdf of the report, click here: Compliance Certification. This document is available only to the JMU community using your e-Id and password. The pdf contains the narrative submitted to SACSCOC without links to documentation.
In November, JMU submitted a Focused Report in response to comments received from the off-site review team.
What is Accreditation?
James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC accreditation permits faculty to compete for federally funded research grants and for student to have access to federally subsidized financial aid. It also means that JMU courses are recognized by other institutions.
The university was reaffirmed in 2002. Reaffirmation occurs every 10 years; our next certification report will be due in fall of 2012, with a review team visiting in spring 2013. This Web site is designed to keep the university community up-to-date on the efforts JMU is undertaking to prepare for reaffirmation of accreditation.
The accreditation process is never ending. Once the previous reaffirmation was granted, work was started to prepare for the 2013 due date. Reaffirmation has two major tasks:
- Preparation of a compliance certification: documentation that JMU is in compliance with the Core Requirements, the Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements.
- Development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): a course of action for enhancing educational quality.
The purpose of this Web site is to:
- identify and outline the steps in the reaffirmation process and provide a centralized location of all information related to reaffirmation
- highlight the Principles of Accreditation
- keep JMU faculty, staff and students updated on the reaffirmation process
- allow faculty and staff to contribute to the reaffirmation process by providing feedback
The goal of the SACSCOC steering committee is that the final compliance report (narrative and documentation/evidence) will:
- be well organized, candid and forthright and broadly participatory
- present evidence that is reliable, current, verifiable, coherent, objective, relevant and representative
For more information on the overall SACSCOC process, go to http://www.sacscoc.org/. This Web site provides institutions with the most current information with regard to SACSCOC expectations and procedures.
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