The countdown to submitting our application for separate accreditation has started — only four more months until finalization of our application in December 2016.
In collaboration with the Office of the Provost and colleagues across Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) has been working on preparing TTUHSC El Paso’s application for accreditation. Institutional accreditation is awarded by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which covers institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S.
Currently, TTUHSC El Paso is accredited by SACSCOC as an affiliate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Submitting our application to SACSCOC is one of the most important steps for TTUHSC El Paso in becoming an independently accredited institution within the Texas Tech University System. The application consists of various components describing TTUHSC El Paso and its processes, and requires narratives and documentation addressing more than 20 important standards. These standards cover degree-granting authority and criteria, the institutional mission statement, student support programs, governance and administration, financial aid, and institutional effectiveness, among others.
In order to complete SACSCOC’s stringent application requirements, OIRE has been working with the Council for Institutional Research and Effectiveness (CIRE), as well as two task forces (the Accreditation Task Force and the Institutional Effectiveness Task Force), whose members represent departments across the institution.
What is SACSCOC?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. SACSCOC also grants accredited status for institutions across Latin America and one institution in Dubai.
The mission of SACSCOC is to ensure quality education and to improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. This mission is reflected in SACSCOC’s six core values: integrity, peer review/self-regulation, student learning, continuous quality improvement, accountability, and transparency.
When an institution has earned accreditation by the Commission on Colleges, this signifies that the institution has “a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to ensuring that its accredited institutions provide quality programs for students, which determines eligibility for Title IV funds (student financial aid), the Commission on Colleges also works to influence legislation and regulations that impact the work of its member institutions.
To earn or maintain accreditation under SACSCOC, an institution must comply with the standards outlined in its Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and policies and procedures. For more information, visit sacscoc.org.
For questions regarding TTUHSC El Paso’s accreditation process, contact:
Christiane Herber-Valdez, Ed.D.
Director, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
TTUHSC El Paso Accreditation Statement
As an affiliate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033–4097 or call 404–679–4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The Commission should be contacted only if evidence supports that the institution is in significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.