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Welcome From the Co-Chairs

Welcome to East Carolina University's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Website. This site serves as the gateway to our University accreditation and the campus focal point for sharing all the pertinent information involving ECU's preparation for its upcoming 2013 SACS accreditation reaffirmation, including the processes, resources, councils, and working groups involved in our preparations, progress updates, goals, and timelines.

Many colleagues from across our campuses are working diligently to prepare for our reaffirmation visit in 2013, and your help and assistance are most welcome to assure our success. As we continue to develop innovative approaches to enhancing our institutional effectiveness, and most importantly student learning, this website will serve as a collaborative, university-wide work space to exchange ideas and facilitate compliance.

The new accreditation standards adopted by SACS in 2004, and revised in 2006, have fundamentally changed the accreditation landscape since our last reaffirmation in 2002. The criteria have been significantly revised, refocused, and reduced; and the process has become much more collaborative and collegial. Most importantly, there is a strong spirit of trust and a focus on improving the quality of the student learning experience. I encourage you to visit the SACS Website (www.sacs.org/) and acquaint yourself with the Commission on Colleges, their publications and conferences, and most certainly, the accreditation standards.

I invite and encourage you to speak with any of the members of ECU's SACS Leadership Team, Compliance Certification Councils, and Working Groups to learn more. Through this evolving initiative, we will be working to improve our learning environment long after the SACS reaffirmation visitors have come and gone, and there are ample opportunities for all members of the East Carolina community to participate.

The reaffirmation of East Carolina University by our accreditation body is one of the most important initiatives of the next five years. I invite you to join us in this important effort.

With best regards,

David Weismiller
Associate Provost - Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research

weismillerd@ecu.edu


Welcome From the Chancellor

East Carolina University is charging into the new millennium. Our students are enthusiastic about learning. Our accomplished and dedicated faculty shares my commitment to excellence in education. While regional accreditation is essential to the maintenance of our reputation and access to federal grants, the process associated with it offers us the opportunity to improve as an institution. The current Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process is a collaborative, campus-wide effort to showcase our assets and our strides toward excellence. Part of this process involves evaluation of the university's progress to build an even stronger and more competitive institution. SACS accreditation is comprehensive and covers both academic (curricular and co-curricular) as well as financial and physical plant issues. It is one of the few exercises that engage us to look at ourselves throughout the entirety of the university.

The process of accreditation is complex and involves the effort of all of us. The lodestone of the accreditation process is the Principles of Accreditation of the SACS Commission on Colleges, and these should be read carefully. To achieve a successful outcome, we need to meet or exceed the criteria and be responsive to our mission. As an outgrowth of the university's strategic planning, our faculty will lead the way in developing a unique Quality Enhancement Plan that will propel the university into the future.

While there are many issues that can arise in any regional or professional accreditation, I am confident that the outcome of our reaffirmation will be positive. We have made significant institutional progress since our last reaffirmation in 2002. We are moving forward in developing systems of assessment which look at our students' progress and success. We are asking each unit to review itself and its processes against the Principles of Accreditation. The process is an opportunity to revitalize our efforts at innovating and assessing our approaches to teaching, research, scholarship, and service -- enriching our students and intellectual community even further.

Fortunately, we have a talented and hard-working team in place to help all of us understand the issues and prepare for the visit. More importantly, I also believe we have positioned ourselves so that our reaffirmation can be used as a value-added exercise to help us become a better university. I appreciate all of the extensive work that has already been accomplished; I thank those involved, and I look forward to working with each of you on this important endeavor. Tomorrow starts here!

Sincerely,

Steve Ballard
Chancellor