The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has reaffirmed The University of Texas at Tyler’s accreditation through 2020, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
This reaffirmation must be received every 10 years and is the result of a self-evaluation and then a full, on-site review by a national team of reviewers.
“We are extremely pleased with the result of the SACS review,” President Mabry said. “The review team applauded the quality of programs and operations and requested no corrections or changes – putting us in a very unusual and select group. We are committed to continuously improving the quality educational experience that our students receive, and this reaffirmation indicates that we are doing everything right.”
Accreditation for colleges and universities indicates the university has met high standards of quality in its academic and administrative functions, according to SACS Liaison Dr. Donna Dickerson, vice provost and dean of graduate studies.
as been a three-year process to achieve reaffirmation, and the result is testimony to the many faculty and staff who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort preparing for this review,” said Dickerson.
The one-site committee reported, “In addition to the excellent job on the part of the institution of preparing for the campus visit, the on-site committee wishes to commend UT Tyler on its strong and cohesive leadership team.”
As an important part of the review process, UT Tyler was required to choose a Quality Enhancement Plan, an internally-developed plan to improve or enhance its academic mission. UT Tyler chose a globalization initiative for its students called Global Awareness Through Education, which will begin next fall. GATE is a multi-faceted global immersion program for freshmen and sophomores, blending coursework, service opportunities and international experiences.
The report was very complimentary of UT Tyler’s QEP, stating, “It was very broad-based and reflected the true sense of the process as it is intended in that it was developed basically through faculty input. It was obvious that the ownership of the QEP lies with the faculty, and the enthusiasm on their part was certainly evident. Congratulations on a job well done.”