Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Reaffirmation of Accreditation?
To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit). For more information go here.
Why do we need Reaffirmation?
- According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.”
- Accreditation promotes public confidence in higher education; it is pivotal in keeping institutions up to date in matters of institutional effectiveness and best practices.
- Accreditation is required for universities to have access to federal funds, such as student aid and other federal programs. Federal student aid is only available to students if the institution or program they are attending is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization.
What is the Framework for Reaffirmation of Accreditation?
The manner in which a college or university makes its case for compliance with the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement is an institutional decision, and the process employed by a peer review committee to reach its decision on compliance issues is likewise determined by the professional judgment of that committee within the context of the institution’s specific circumstances and mission. In all cases, the institution should think about the most appropriate ways for demonstrating
compliance in light of its mission and then focus on presenting its case. (Taken from the Preamble of SACS publication “Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement“.)
How does the Current Reaffirmation Process Differ from the Previous Process?
The table below shows the overall differences between the prior reaffirmation process and the current reaffirmation process. The new accreditation standards are a positive change since they encourage us to reflect upon the connections between our day-to-day activities work and the strategic goals of the university. The reaffirmation criteria are predicated upon a commitment to integrity and quality enhancement throughout the university.
What is the Department of Physics doing in this process?
The department has been involved in several activities, including: assessment of its courses, the degree program and its role as a service provider to other disciplines and programs at the university; extensive reevaluation and redesign of the curriculum; and extensive outreach activities to schools. Please visit SACS 2010 and the Department of Physics for more information.
What is the Role of the Faculty?
- Conduct assessment of our instruction.
- Provide documentation to support our assertions and actions.
- Syllabi with explicit Learning Outcomes and Competencies
- Documentation of feedback to students, improvements over previous tests, etc.
- Writing samples
- Project reports and presentations
- Course Based Matrices – Taught (T), Reinforced (R), Integrated (I)
- Examples for at least a few of T/R/I
- Start populating True Outcomes for each course assigned to you.
- Suggest ideas for QEP.
- What Information Is Appropriate For The QEP?
- Any idea that impacts student learning in and outside of the classroom at PVAMU and is consistent with PVAMU goals and mission is appropriate.
- The idea can be as brief as a sentence or in the form of a more elaborate, supported plan.
- One may choose to focus on the identification of weaknesses with respect to education at PVAMU or build on existing strengths.