UT Martin accreditation mid-term review shows significant progress

The University of Tennessee at Martin recently received official notice of a positive accreditation mid-term review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the university’s primary accrediting body.

“Every person in every unit of our campus has contributed in some way to this critical work to clear these standards and to prepare our fifth-year report,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver in a message to the campus. “UT Martin is an exceptional university. … The feedback we received from SACSCOC demonstrates UT Martin has progressed and transformed its assessment protocols to become a more innovative and responsive campus.”

UT Martin experienced difficulties with the accreditation process in 2015 after being put on probation for issues related to the documentation of program assessment strategies. Now, Carver says the campus has established a thriving culture of assessment in all areas and uses research-based feedback to improve university processes and curricula.

University accreditation is re-evaluated every 10 years, and the fifth-year report is a mid-cycle progress report designed to catch problem areas in the early stages. Of the 22 standards addressed in this report, SACSCOC asked for additional information in two areas, both of which had incomplete information at the time the report was submitted. No other problem areas were identified. SACSCOC also cleared the university of all concerns found in the previous 10-year review.

For more information on the university’s accreditation process or reports, contact the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at 731-881-7477.


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