ASU reaccredited by SACS
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University has received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the organization announced Tuesday.
ASU's reaffirmation process began in fall 2009 and included the university's documentation of compliance with SACS' Principles of Integrity, 16 core requirements, 58 comprehensive standards and seven federal requirements.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
"In these challenging times in higher education, our faculty and staff have, once again, clearly demonstrated their commitment to quality in our academic programs," Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock said in a statement.
Peacock attended the 2013 SACSCOC annual meeting in Atlanta, where the reaffirmation announcement was made.
"I could not have been more proud, or appreciative, this morning when the announcement was made ... this is another great accomplishment, a true point of pride, for the faculty and staff at Appalachian," Peacock said.
As part of the reaffirmation process, the university was required to develop a quality enhancement plan for improving student learning. ASU's QEP focuses on developing students' globally competent knowledge, cultivating students' intercultural competencies and providing opportunities and experiences that foster their growth as globally competent citizens.
The five-year plan emphasizes strengthened international activities offered both at home and abroad and earlier in a student's college career.
ASU has been accredited by SACS since 1942; all federal and state funding is dependent upon accreditation, the university said.
SACS is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.