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A&M-Texarkana Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Published: December 7, 2016

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees voted Dec. 6 to reaffirm the accreditation of Texas A&M University-Texarkana for 10 years, the maximum length of time an institution can receive reaffirmation of accreditation.

“A&M-Texarkana received the best possible reaffirmation, with no recommendations for additional reports,” said Dr. Emily Cutrer, president. “Being unconditionally reaffirmed by SACSCOC demonstrates the success and integrity of our university in delivering high quality teaching, research and service programs to our students and institutional stakeholders. With this announcement, we continue to celebrate our success in achieving our mission of academic excellence, student success and community leadership.”

Reaffirmation with SACSCOC is a long, detailed process that takes several years. Reaffirmation includes completion of a self-study, review by SACSCOC peer evaluators, and finally reaffirmation by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. SACSCOC evaluators carefully reviewed the entire campus from academic programs, student life and student success to library and learning services, facilities, resources and governance.

“I want to thank Dr. Nancy Jordan, associate provost, for her outstanding leadership during the reaffirmation process, and our entire faculty and staff for their dedication and hard work in making reaffirmation a reality,” Dr. Cutrer said. “I also want to thank Dr. Tom Jordan and members of the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, who provided leadership in developing our QEP – ‘Connect 360: The Eagle Experience.’ We will continue to implement our QEP in the coming years, with a focus on experiential-centered student learning.”

Dr. Nancy Jordan said, “Our SACSCOC reaffirmation process was truly a team effort bringing faculty, staff, students and community partners together to pursue best practices not only in academics but in all areas of our work. It is rewarding to see the quality of our university recognized by SACSCOC. Many thanks go to everyone who contributed to our successful reaffirmation.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

To gain or maintain accreditation with the COC, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the SACS Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the COC.

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