Update on Stetson’s 10-year Accreditation Review

Faculty and staff met the first deadline this month for draft reports needed to reaffirm Stetson’s accreditation, compiling data to show the university meets standards in areas like student achievement, academic services and faculty credentials.

Stetson is undergoing a once-in-a-decade review to reaffirm its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The accrediting body ensures Stetson is fulfilling its mission to provide students with a quality education that prepares them for graduate school or college-level work after graduation.

Rick Tysor, executive director of Academic Administration and Stetson’s liaison to the accrediting body, said he was pleased to receive 33 draft reports by the Oct. 16 deadline. The remainder of the 72 draft reports will be due Dec. 14.

These draft reports will undergo several rounds of internal and external reviews before being compiled into an 800- to 900-page report that will be  submitted to the SACSCOC in September 2021. After a site visit in April 2022, the accrediting body will announce its decision on Stetson’s reaffirmation process in December 2022.

In addition, the accrediting body requires colleges and universities to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve student learning outcomes and/or student success. A survey conducted during the spring semester recommended Stetson’s new student initiative emphasize “Communication and Critical Skills, with focus on speaking skills, quantitative literacy, and information literacy.”

A task force of faculty, staff and students began meeting this month to develop details of the program. Stetson’s last 10-year reaffirmation process led to the creation of First Year Seminars, or FSEM courses, for all first-year students.

“There is a tremendous amount of work that is going on,” Tysor added, “and a lot of moving parts.”

To learn more, visit Stetson’s website for the SACSCOC 10-Year Reaffirmation Process.