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A Message from President Ricardo Romo: UTSA enters two-year SACS reaccreditation process

March 17, 2008

UTSA students, faculty, staff and friends,

I encourage you to provide your support for our upcoming reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC). A university's accreditation is critical to its reputation and success and UTSA is accredited by SACS COC to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Accreditation is not something a university can take for granted because it is not a one-time accomplishment. Every 10 years, a university must seek the reaffirmation of its accredited status and meet demanding criteria established by SACS COC and the U.S. Department of Education. UTSA is currently engaged in preparing for reaffirmation effective December 2010. I have been working with Sandra Welch, vice provost, and Gerry Dizinno, associate vice provost, in the Office of the Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness to review the work that needs to be done to prepare for reaffirmation of accreditation during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The SACS COC reaccreditation process involves two components -- preparation of the Compliance Certification Report and development of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). To document our compliance status, UTSA must gather data on 12 core requirements, 53 comprehensive standards and 8 federal requirements and then write the report.

The QEP is a new requirement and is described as a "carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses one or more critical issues related to enhancing student learning." Because the QEP must include broad-based involvement to determine the topic, I encourage you to submit a proposal. Details on what needs to be included in proposals and the process we will use to select one for full development into a QEP will be available soon. Belinda Flores, faculty fellow working with the Office of Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness, will be coordinating these efforts.

Many of us will have responsibility for our SACS COC reaffirmation in the days ahead. If you are called upon to help, I encourage you to do so and want to express my appreciation for your cooperation in advance. This is one of the most important tasks UTSA will undertake in the next two years.

For more information, visit the UTSA SACS COC Reaffirmation 2010 Web site.

Sincerely,

Ricardo Romo
President,
The University of Texas at San Antonio

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