UTSA receives ten-year reaffirmation of its accreditation | UTSA today | UTSA


DECEMBER 7, 2021 – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has announced that it has granted UTSA a reaffirmation of accreditation until 2030. The notice is the culmination of the led Racing to Reaccreditation initiative through continuous improvement and accreditation, a team within the UTSA division. of Academic Affairs.

“The reaffirmation of UTSA accreditation is a direct result of the commitment of the Continuous Improvement and Accreditation and Reaccreditation Race teams to promote the value of higher education and student success. I am grateful to all our colleagues who made this possible ”, president of UTSA Taylor Eighty noted. “This is such good news for UTSA. Our re-accreditation affirms a system of continuous improvement that will advance our trajectory to build a bold future for current and future Roadrunners.

UTSA formed a team in July 2017, well before the reaffirmation process began. The Racing to Reaccreditation team focused on striving for excellence in all areas, knowing that compliance with accreditation standards would follow. The successful reaffirmation of accreditation this month is proof of that.

“I am grateful to the 80 or so people of the Racing to Reaccreditation team who devoted their time and expertise to this initiative,” said Kasey Neece-Fielder, Associate Vice-Rector for Strategic Planning and Evaluation and Liaison with SACSCOC. “This institution-wide effort sets the stage for continuing to chart a bold course through to the next review in 2030 by continuously improving our programs and services.

Institutional accreditation ensures that UTSA meets accepted standards and allows the university to continue to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

“The reaffirmation of accreditation is a rigorous review process aimed at ensuring institutional quality,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, Dean of UTSA and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Thank you to Kasey and his amazing team for their painstaking work in demonstrating how UTSA delivers on this commitment to quality. “

UTSA submitted its compliance certification report in September 2019. National health concerns related to COVID-19 postponed the on-site visit scheduled for March 2020. A full virtual exam was conducted in August 2020. Due to the delays that affected the entire SACSCOC region, the vote on the status of UTSA was postponed until December 2021.

Neece-Fielder said UTSA’s long-term engagement in the process has allowed the institution to proceed with the reaffirmation smoothly without any additional reporting requirements.

“The goal of the process is to improve systems in order to promote student success,” said Neece-Fielder. “We are celebrating this moment, but already thinking about how we can continue to strategically expand our business as a national model of student success as we move towards yet another reaffirmation in 2030.”

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