VRAS, an active, purposeful network of higher education colleagues in Virginia, advances open discussion and dissemination of knowledge to support institutions’ achieving and sustaining SACSCOC accreditation.


VRAS serves the higher education community in Virginia by facilitating inter-institutional relationships and providing accurate information and reliable interpretation of SACSCOC policy.


The purposes of the VRAS are to:

  1. Build relationships among faculty and staff responsible for compliance with SACSCOC policies and principles.
  2. Provide resources for faculty and staff that deal with the intersection of state recognition and regional accreditation.
  3. Serve as a forum for discussion about salient accreditation-related issues and how they affect Virginia institutions.
  4. Share accreditation-related knowledge and experiences among Virginia institutions that may serve as an example or guidance to colleagues.
  5. Welcome, engage, and mentor new members from within our own and other accredited institutions within the Commonwealth to share knowledge and ensure the future growth of the VRAS.

Past Symposia

2017 VRAS

2018 VRAS

2019 VRAS

2019 VRAS Planning Committee

Chair - Tisha Paredes (Old Dominion University)

Past Chair - Geoffrey Klein (Christopher Newport University)

Committee Members - Linda Birtley (Union Presbyterian Seminary), Susan Bosworth (William & Mary), Andrew Carrington (Norfolk State University), Cindy Chiarello (James Madison University), Craig Lawhorne (Southern Virginia University),  Kathy Walker (Randolph Macon College), Skip Kastroll (Liberty University), Lois Myers (University of Virginia)

VRAS Contact - Cindy Chiarello

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