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Texas Southern University
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Texas Southern Receives Full Accreditation from the Commission on Colleges and Schools
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed Texas Southern University's accreditation for another 10 years. This means that the university is fully accredited in all of its areas of operation.
The University President Dr. John Rudley, who made the trip to the SACS meeting in Orlando, Florida, made these comments about the great news, "The University across the board, administratively and academically, has worked very hard to move the university forward to enhance its academic programming and strengthen its financial systems. We see this accreditation as evidence that the university is moving in the right direction. We are very pleased," Dr. Rudley added.
Dr. Rudley noted that if it were not for the contributions of three major areas, the university would not have achieved this wonderful success. He wishes to thank everyone involved, but particularly, the university's institutional assessment team, the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), and the finance department.
TSU's Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sunny Ohia, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, added, "This is significant for everyone associated with Texas Southern University; its students, potential students, employees and our alumni, who are leaders all across this country. Being fully accredited means Texas Southern has fulfilled all requirements as identified by the accrediting body. This process ensures that the students are learning and that we are focused on making sure students get true value for their money. That is why it is critically important that we, as leaders of this institution, provide the right environment and resources to ensure our students' success," Dr. Ohia asserted.
Dr. Ohia says the reaccreditation process is a very detailed procedure and that the most difficult part of it was to ensure that both adequate and accurate documentation was presented.
Dr. Rudley wishes to thank everyone who worked to assure the university's success during this process. Dr. Rudley and Dr. Ohia were accompanied on the Florida trip by Mr. Jim McShann, TSU's COO and Vice President of Finance; Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Greg Maddox, who directed the University's SACS reaffirmation efforts; and Professor Arbolina Jennings, Interim QEP Director.
As a part of the SACS review, a total of 89 assessment plans were completed. The academic areas/schools & colleges comprised 83 of the assessment plans and six were prepared for non-academic/support units.
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