SACS Certification Compliance

SACS Certification Compliance - College of Law Primary Responsibility

Standard 3.4: Educational Programs: All Educational Programs (includes all on-campus, off-campus, and distance learning programs and course work) (See Commission policy “Distance Education.”)

Standard 3.4.1: The institution demonstrates that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded (a) is approved by the faculty and the administration, and (b) establishes and evaluates program and learning outcomes.

Standard 3.4.2: The institution’s continuing education, outreach, and service programs are consistent with the institution’s mission.

Standard 3.4.13: For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration.

Standard 3.6: Educational Programs: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs

Standard 3.6.1: The institution’s post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, and its master’s and doctoral degree programs, are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.

Standard 3.6.2: The institution ensures that its graduate instruction and resources foster independent learning, enabling the graduate to contribute to a profession or field of study.

Standard 3.7: Faculty

Standard 3.7.2: The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status.

Standard 3.7.3: The institution provides evidence of ongoing professional development
of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners.

Federal Requirements:

Standard 4.1: When evaluating success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution’s mission, the institution includes, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.

SACS Certification Compliance - College of Law Secondary Responsibility

Standard 3.4.4: The institution has a defined and published policy for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit for transfer, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with its mission and ensures that course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to the institution's own degree programs. The institution assumes responsibility for the academic quality of any course work or credit recorded on the institution's transcript. (See Commission policy "The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.")

Standard 3.4.5: The institution publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These are disseminated to students, faculty, and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution.

Standard 3.4.7: The institution ensures the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements, ensures ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements, and evaluates the consortial relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution.

Standard 3.4.9: The institution provides appropriate academic support services.

Standard 3.4.10: The institution defines and publishes general education requirements for its undergraduate programs and major program requirements for all its programs. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs.

Standard 3.4.12: The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty.

Standard 3.4.14: The institution's use of technology enhances student learning, is appropriate for meeting the objectives of its programs, and ensures that students have access to and training in the use of technology.

Standard 3.7.4: The institution ensures adequate procedures for safeguarding and protecting academic freedom.

Standard 3.7.5: The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters.

Standard 3.8: Library and Other Learning Resources

Standard 3.8.1: The institution provides facilities, services, and learning/information resources that are appropriate to support its teaching, research, and service mission.

Standard 3.8.2: The Institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources.

Standard 3.8.3: The Institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff – with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources – to accomplish the mission of institution.

Standard 4.5: The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints. (See Commission policy "Complaint Procedures for the Commission or its Accredited Institutions.")