MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) recently reaffirmed Faulkner University’s accreditation for the next 10 years. SACSCOC made the official announcement during its recent annual meeting in December 2019.
Faulkner received the best possible review, being found in full compliance with the committee offering no recommendations or requests for continued monitoring.
“Given the rising complexity and regulatory environment of the accreditation process, this reaffirmation is a tremendous endorsement of the institution’s commitment to quality and integrity. I am grateful for the entire University community for the contribution to this accomplishment,” said Faulkner University President Mike Williams. “I would be remiss if I did not give special recognition to Dr. Dave Rampersad and Breanna Yarbrough. They certainly shouldered the bulk of the responsibility and shepherded us through the process. I appreciate their outstanding work and leadership. Let us go forward with a continued commitment to excellence, assessment and principle.”
Dr. Dave Rampersad, Vice President of Academic Affairs and the University’s SACSCOC Liaison, indicated that “SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation is a comprehensive process achieved by meeting the 70-plus standards established by the commission’s higher education community. It affirms that the University has resources, programs, and services sufficient to support and accomplish its mission. In short, it testifies to the quality of the educational experience Faulkner provides to its students.”
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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 SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.
There are two main components involved in the reaffirmation process: a compliance report and a quality enhancement plan of QEP. Faulkner University’s QEP is called SOS: Supporting Opportunities for Success, and is designed to improve students’ retention and success by implementing an academic support program for students. SOS is designed to provide students the academic support they need to be successful in both their individual classes and overall college career.