UTM gains full SACSCOC accreditation

The University of Tennessee at Martin has had its full accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The accreditation will be in effect for the next 10 years with a five-year review scheduled for 2029.

UTM Chancellor Yancy Freeman emailed an announcement to faculty and staff on Dec. 5 informing them of the good news. Freeman said he was at the SACSCOC conference in Orlando when he was told of the reaffirmation.

“This reaffirmation confirms the excellent work of our faculty and staff to teach and develop future leaders,” he said in the emailed announcement. “I want to extend my greatest appreciation to everyone involved in this rigorous review process.

“A special thanks goes to (UTM Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, (UTM Associate Provost for Academic Affairs) Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, (Research Associate) Patty Flowers (of the Office of Curriculum and Assessment) and the UTM SACSCOC Review Team.”

Kolitsch was equally pleased with the announcement.

“We are a much stronger institution now, due to the efforts of everyone involved,” she said. “The results of this reaffirmation process are a testament to the dedication and hard work of the faculty, staff and students. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their engagement in and support of this process.”

The reaffirmation process includes an off-site review, an on-site review and a review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.

Photo: Lily Pharris, a lecturer in the Department of Computer Sciences, is shown in one of her classes. UT Martin has been fully accredited for the next 10 years through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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