Reaffirmation of Accreditation


The University of South Carolina Aiken submitted its most recent reaffirmation of accreditation to SACSCOC in September 2020 as a Compliance Certification Report. An off-site review occurred in November resulting in preliminary responses from SACSCOC to each standard. In February 2021, a Focused Report was submitted to SACSCOC to address questions related to 11 standards. A virtual onsite visit of the institution will occur in March 2021.

The 2021 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Leadership Team includes the following:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Dawe, Institutional Accreditation Liaison and Reaffirmation Chair
  • Dr. Sandra J. Jordan, Chancellor
  • Dr. Daren Timmons, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Mr. Cam Reagin, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
  • Ms. Nicole Spensley, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance and QEP Implementation Committee Chair
   Narrative Submission
   Off-site Review
1.1: Integrity SACSCOC Response to 1.1
2.1: Institutional mission SACSCOC Response to 2.1
3.1.a: Degree-granting authority SACSCOC Response to 3.1.a
3.1.b: Coursework for degrees SACSCOC Response to 3.1.b
3.1.c: Continuous operation SACSCOC Response to 3.1.c
4.1: Governing board characteristics SACSCOC Response to 4.1
4.2.a: Mission review SACSCOC Response to 4.2.a
4.2.b: Board-administrative distinction SACSCOC Response to 4.2.a
4.2.c: CEO evaluation-selection SACSCOC Response to 4.2.c
4.2.d: Conflict of interest SACSCOC Response to 4.2.d
4.2.e: Board dismissal SACSCOC Response to 4.2.e
4.2.f: External influence SACSCOC Response to 4.2.f
4.2.g: Board self-evaluation SACSCOC Response to 4.2.g
4.3: Multi-level governance SACSCOC Response to 4.3
5.1: Chief executive officer SACSCOC Response to 5.1
5.2.a: CEO control SACSCOC Response to 5.2.a
5.2.b: Control of intercollegiate athletics SACSCOC Response to 5.2.b
5.2.c: Control of fund-raising activities SACSCOC Response to 5.2.c
5.3: Institution-related entities SACSCOC Response to 5.3
5.4: Qualified administrative - academic officers SACSCOC Response to 5.4
5.5: Personnel appointment and evaluation SACSCOC Response to 5.5
6.1: Full-time faculty SACSCOC Response to 6.1
6.2.a: Faculty qualifications SACSCOC Response to 6.2.a
6.2.b: Program faculty SACSCOC Response to 6.2.b
6.2.c: Program coordination SACSCOC Response to 6.2.c
6.3: Faculty appointment and evaluation SACSCOC Response to 6.3
6.4: Academic freedom SACSCOC Response to 6.4
6.5: Faculty development SACSCOC Response to 6.5
7.1: Institutional planning SACSCOC Response to 7.1
7.2: Quality enhancement plan SACSCOC Response to 7.2
7.3: Administrative effectiveness SACSCOC Response to 7.3
8.1: Student achievement SACSCOC Response to 8.1
8.2.a: Student outcomes - educational programs SACSCOC Response to 8.2.a
8.2.b: Student outcomes - general education SACSCOC Response to 8.2.b
8.2.c: Student outcomes - academic and student services SACSCOC Response to 8.2.c
9.1: Program content SACSCOC Response to 9.1
9.2: Program length SACSCOC Response to 9.2
9.3: General education requirements SACSCOC Response to 9.3
9.4: Institutional credits for an undergraduate degree SACSCOC Response to 9.4
9.5: Institutional credits for a graduate or professional degree SACSCOC Response to 9.5
9.6: Post-baccalaureate rigor and curriculum SACSCOC Response to 9.6
9.7: Program requirements SACSCOC Response to 9.7
10.1: Academic policies SACSCOC Response to 10.1
10.2: Public information SACSCOC Response to 10.2
10.3: Archived information SACSCOC Response to 10.3
10.4: Academic governance SACSCOC Response to 10.4
10.5: Admissions policies and practices SACSCOC Response to 10.5
10.6: Distance and correspondence education SACSCOC Response to 10.6
10.7: Policies for awarding credit SACSCOC Response to 10.7
10.8: Evaluating and awarding academic credit SACSCOC Response to 10.8
10.9: Cooperative academic arrangements SACSCOC Response to 10.9
11.1: Library and learning information resources SACSCOC Response to 11.1
11.2: Library and learning information staff SACSCOC Response to 11.2
11.3: Library and learning information access SACSCOC Response to 11.3
12.1: Student support services SACSCOC Response to 12.1
12.2: Student support services staff SACSCOC Response to 12.2
12.3: Student rights SACSCOC Response to 12.3
12.4: Student complaints SACSCOC Response to 12.4
12.5: Student records SACSCOC Response to 12.5
12.6: Student debt SACSCOC Response to 12.6
13.1: Financial resources SACSCOC Response to 13.1
13.2: Financial documents SACSCOC Response to 13.2
13.3: Financial responsibility SACSCOC Response to 13.3
13.4: Control of finances SACSCOC Response to 13.4
13.5: Control of sponsored research and external funds SACSCOC Response to 13.5
13.6: Federal and state responsibilities SACSCOC Response to 13.6
13.7: Physical resources SACSCOC Response to 13.7
13.8: Institutional environment SACSCOC Response to 13.8
14.1: Publication of accreditation status SACSCOC Response to 14.1
14.2: Substantive change SACSCOC Response to 14.2
14.3: Comprehensive institutional reviews SACSCOC Response to 14.3
14.4: Representation to other agencies SACSCOC Response to 14.4
14.5: Policy compliance SACSCOC Response to 14.5


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