Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has been granted accreditation with commendation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the highest-level designation possible.
Independent accreditation by SACSCOC is a milestone in TTUHSC El Paso’s five-year history as a stand-alone institution. Formerly, TTUHSC El Paso was covered as an affiliate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.
“Receiving commendation from SACSCOC speaks not only to the rigor of our programs, caliber of our resources, and strength of our organization, but also to the excellence of our people,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We could not have done this without our tremendous students, faculty and staff.”
As the accrediting body for institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S., SACSCOC affirms that its accredited institutions have “a purpose appropriate to higher education and… resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to setting high standards for programs of higher education—which determines eligibility for Title IV, or financial aid funds—the commission also works to influence legislation that impacts the work of its member institutions.
“SACSCOC accreditation empowers TTUHSC El Paso to continue to focus its efforts on the Paso del Norte region, with essential health care preparation programs in medicine, nursing, graduate biomedical sciences and dental education,” said Valerie Paton, Ph.D., TTUHSC El Paso senior vice provost. These programs and their graduates have an unparalleled and positive impact on the health and future of our region.”
As part of the SACSCOC accreditation process, institutions must prepare a self-assessment addressing more than 60 standards. These standards cover the institutional mission, governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, student support services, and physical and financial resources, among others.
TTUHSC El Paso’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness was instrumental in orchestrating the SACSCOC application process. “I would like to personally thank the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and all those who helped make this possible,” said Dr. Lange.
TTUHSC El Paso’s accreditation went into effect June 14, 2018.
Visit sacscoc.org for more information.