Welcome to your to the LOC-SACSCOC Website Fifth-Year Interim Report  (September 14, 2018)

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SACSCOC stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It is LOCís regional accrediting agency. What is regional accreditation? Regional accreditation is an attestation by a federally-recognized authority that the university demonstrates compliance with a list of standards regarding the quality and integrity of the institution. Regional accreditation is what allows a school to offer federal financial aid (Title IV) to students. What is the difference between regional and specialized accreditation? Regional accreditation is a comprehensive evaluation of the quality and integrity of the entire university. Regional accreditation applies to the university as a whole. Specialized accreditation is an in-depth evaluation of the quality of a specific degree program (e.g., Education, Business, Social Work). What kinds of things does SACSCOC evaluate us on? There are approximately 102 standards the institution must provide proof that it achieves, including standards related to academic programs, library and learning resources, faculty, student affairs and services, financial resources, physical resources, governance and administration and institutional effectiveness. Which standards are the most troublesome for schools to demonstrate compliance? Standards related to institutional effectiveness, or how the university uses reliable and valid data to inform decisions to drive improvements, are the standards most frequently cited for non-compliance. MUSCís Office of Institutional Effectiveness is the universityís primary resource to ensure that we engage in and demonstrate data-driven continuous quality improvement. What happens if we donít meet all accreditation standards? Institutions that fail to demonstrate that they meet all accreditation standards are asked for monitoring reports to show progress toward and ultimately success in meeting the standard(s). If problems continue, the institution may be placed on warning or probation ó both are public sanctions that require schools to notify all of their professional accrediting agencies of the sanction. In extreme cases, the institution may lose its accreditation, and thus its eligibility to offer federal financial aid to students. Timeline Charts for the Submission and Review of Fifth-Year Interim Reports: Reaffirmation Classes 2022 thru 2027