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College Q&A: UHV to go through reaffirmation of accreditation this year

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 8, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.


What is the University of Houston-Victoria reaffirmation of accreditation that I keep hearing about?

The University of Houston-Victoria has spent a considerable amount of time preparing for reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The next phase in this process is a visit from an on-site review committee from April 6 to 9.

Based in Atlanta, SACSCOC is the accrediting agency for all public, private and for-profit colleges and universities in an 11-state region extending from Virginia to Texas.

UHV's last reaccreditation was in 2003, and a lot has changed since then. The university added freshmen and sophomores in fall 2010, and SACSCOC standards now require universities to continuously assess themselves and make improvements.

The reaffirmation process includes two major components - a Certificate of Compliance that shows the university has met all SACSCOC standards and a Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP is a five-year initiative to enhance UHV student learning. Every department at the university has been preparing for the certificate by participating in detailed assessments and using the feedback for continuous improvement.

The Certificate of Compliance looks at all facets of the university, including the areas of student affairs, faculty, staff, finance and technology. It ensures that UHV has quality degree programs, qualified faculty and staff, necessary student resources, up-to-date technology, financial stability and more.

The first draft of the certificate was sent to an off-site SACSCOC committee in September. The committee sent a preliminary report back in November asking for clarification on a few items. The university will turn in the clarifications and QEP this month.

"Living and Learning" is the theme of the university's QEP. When the plan is implemented in the fall, it will focus on residential learning communities, which encourage student engagement not only in the classroom but also in students' college social lives.

Each residential learning community will include two linked classes, a support team of faculty and staff members, special events and group projects.

The April campus visitors will include various types of employees who work at other SACSCOC institutions of a similar size to UHV. They will talk to university faculty, staff and students to learn about the QEP.

After the visit, the on-site review committee will give a report and make recommendations to the Commission on Colleges, which makes the final decision. The next accreditation will be in 10 years.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Katy Walterscheidt, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4342 or at walterscheidtk@uhv.edu.

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