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TWU earns reaffirmation of accreditation from SACS


DENTON – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation of Texas Woman’s University for an additional 10 years, marking 90 years of SACS accreditation of the university.

The announcement, which was made in December, is the culmination of more than three years of work by TWU faculty and staff to document and demonstrate the university’s compliance with regional and national standards of excellence.

“This was a team effort, and I am proud of how the TWU community worked together for the good of the university,” said TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart. “This reaffirmation confirms our commitment to the highest standards of higher education and is a true indicator of the quality of teaching and learning that take place at TWU.”

As part of the reaffirmation process, SACS requires each institution to develop a five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve student learning or the learning environment in a specific and measurable way. TWU’s plan, “Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing,” focuses on experiential or hands-on learning.

“Our Quality Enhancement Plan continues the university’s long tradition of preparing students for the workforce or graduate study through clinical and practical learning experiences, while also enhancing their education through community and other volunteer service,” said Dr. Barbara Lerner, associate provost for undergraduate studies and academic partnerships.

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

Accreditation of an institution signifies the institution has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish that purpose on a continuing basis. Accreditation evaluates whether an institution maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

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