The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed Kentucky State University’s accreditation for the next 10 years. SACSCOC made the official announcement during its annual meeting today in Houston.
Kentucky State received the best possible review, with the committee finding the University in full compliance and offering no recommendations or requests for continued monitoring.
“Today’s accreditation decision is a strong signal of institutional health at Kentucky State University,” said University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown II. “As a former SACSCOC board member, I know firsthand the valuation that regional accreditation attests about the quality of our faculty, staff, and students.”
President Brown added, “In order to achieve this distinction, an institution must meet specific standards of excellence and make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of outcomes-based education to current and future students. In sum, based on an external review by our peers, Kentucky State University has valid and verifiable high-quality academic programs and institutional operations.”
As the major accrediting body for public and private institutions of higher education in the 11 southernmost states, SACSCOC accredits more than 780 universities and colleges in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, as well as Latin America.
Kentucky State University’s reaffirmation was the result of a multiyear review process that included internal studies involving hundreds of people on campus and culminating in a March 2019 site visit by a peer review committee from SACSCOC. SACSCOC has 84 standards with which institutions must comply in order to gain or maintain accreditation.
As part of the reaffirmation process, Kentucky State developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP — a comprehensive plan for institutional improvement. Kentucky State’s QEP, “Learning that Works,” is a University-wide initiative to teach students skills that will aid them in career readiness and advancement. As part of teaching them the concept of Design Thinking, students will acquire skills in problem-solving, teamwork, oral and written communication, and cultural agility.