UNCW Faculty, Staff to Play Key Roles in the University’s Accreditation Reaffirmation

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Andy Mauk, associate provost for institutional research and planning, and L.J. Randolph, associate professor of world languages and culture, will lead teams of campus representatives as they prepare documentation for the upcoming reaffirmation of UNCW’s accreditation status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges.
Reaffirmation of SACSCOC accreditation status occurs every 10 years and is a demonstration of UNCW’s continued educational quality and a recognition of the academic credentials and experiences the university ensures for its students. UNCW’s next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2023, with an on-site review by a team of external evaluators. The review will include documentation to address the 40 standards outlined.
As part of the reaffirmation process, UNCW will develop a new Quality Enhancement Plan. A QEP Selection Committee will be led by Carol McNulty, special assistant to the provost; Kate Nooner, professor of psychology; and Narcisa Pricope, associate professor of earth and ocean sciences.
The QEP is a five-year initiative designed to improve the quality of student learning and success. UNCW’s last QEP, known as ETEAL – Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning, has since become a cornerstone of the UNCW student experience.
The QEP Selection Committee will contain a cross-section of faculty from the university and will define a process to engage the campus community in the solicitation, review and feedback on QEP topics.
The process will lead to the identification of one topic to be recommended as the QEP initiative to the provost and chancellor. The QEP document is submitted for review to the accreditation team six weeks prior to the on-site review.
SACSCOC has accredited UNCW since 1952.
-- Tricia Vance