Welcome to the accreditation website for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The site serves as a focal point for information about the University's preparations for accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2005-06.
Reaffirmation Letter. In January 2007 SACS officially announced the accreditation was reaffirmed.
The SACS Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for institutions of higher learning that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees. The Commission requires that all colleges and universities undergo an accreditation review every ten years. Institutions must demonstrate compliance with a set of core requirements and comprehensive standards in order to be reaccredited. In 2004 SACS significantly streamlined its accreditation standards and increased the emphasis on documenting improvements in the quality of the student learning experience. The new process and requirements are described in the SACS Principles of Accreditation document.
"The accreditation process is an important demonstration of our accountability to the public and to our constituents," says UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser. "A great benefit of the self-study process is the opportunity it gives us to review our goals, programs, and services to see how well we are achieving our mission."
This campus-wide effort has two major components. The first is the Compliance Review, in which the University will evaluate the degree to which it meets SACS core requirements and comprehensive standards relating to areas such as institutional effectiveness, quality of programs, and adequacy of resources. The second component is the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to enhance educational quality and improve student learning in a targeted area. After extensive discussions with the campus community, the University has chosen "Making Critical Connections" as its QEP, with a focus on implementing the University's new general education curriculum, internationalizing the student learning experience, and enhancing research efforts by undergraduates.