The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmed the accreditation of Charleston Southern University with no recommendations in December.
The reaffirmation of accreditation is a rigorous process each accredited college or university must undergo every 10 years.
“I am especially proud of the faculty and staff who work so diligently to provide academic excellence in every area every day at CSU,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs. “Thousands of hours were invested in development and compilation of the Reaffirmation documentation. Our internal Accreditation Committee did a superb job of addressing all areas of responsibility for research and enhancement of CSU programs. Reaffirmation submissions usually average 17 ‘findings’ which must be sufficiently addressed to achieve continuing accreditation. The Accreditation Committee at CSU was commended by the SACSCOC site visitation team for receiving zero findings on the 2016 submission. We are certainly blessed to have professional educators and staff who strive for and achieve excellence at CSU on a daily basis.”
Under the leadership of Dr. Scott Yarbrough, chair of the English department and assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, CSU submitted a self-study consisting of 400 pages, with 1,758 supporting documents, and a plan outlining the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) as the Quality Enhancement Plan, to the SACSCOC visiting committee. In the self-study criteria book, the reaccreditation visiting committee submitted a report that CSU’s self-study was impeccable.
“Our team has done an excellent job,” said President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. He noted the excellent leadership and work of Yarbrough, Fish and Nathan Martin, associate professor of history and Quality Enhancement Plan director.