By Kaleigh Cortez, Staff Writer-
The SACSCOC Reaffirmation Kick-Off event held on Oct. 29 is the first step in a three-year process to earn accreditation for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the next decade.
Reaffirmation is a process conducted every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, to assess the quality of an academic institution and ensure it is sufficiently following strict quality standards. The project is an expansive undertaking that requires multiple committees and teams from all departments across campus, to work together to achieve reaffirmation.
Associate Dean of the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, Michael Jones commented on the value of the reaffirmation.
“One of the primary benefits of SACSCOC accreditation for UTC is the focus on continuous improvement that results in a higher quality educational experience for all of our students,” Jones said.
More than 110 faculty and staff members attended the kick-off event to learn about the reaffirmation process. Director of Assessment and SACSCOC Liaison, Cindy Taylor Williamson joined Chancellor Steven Angle and Provost Jerold Hale to announce the project and discuss their anticipations for the work ahead.
“This is a campus-wide activity that will involve all of us.” Angle said. “There will be good things coming out of this in the end.”
Hale noted the importance that the reaffirmation has on the merit of the university.
“It is really a quality control enterprise for us to embark on.” Hale said. “It is something that will help make us better as an institution when we find out our strengths … and some areas we may need to improve on.”
The event also featured trivia questions about UTC and door prizes that included gift cards, tickets to the Chattanooga Zoo and Mocs-themed merchandise.
More information about the SACSCOC Reaffirmation can be found here.