DENTON (UNT), Texas - UNT will receive accreditation reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, according to an announcement made by the Executive Council of SACS' Commission on Colleges during its annual meeting this month.
A letter from SACS making the re-accreditation official is expected in early January.
Accreditation granted by a recognized regional accrediting body, such as SACS, provides an assurance of quality within higher education and signifies that a university or college meets a prescribed set of rigorous standards in its operations.
The council's decision certifies UNT's substantial compliance with 76 wide-ranging standards and requirements and officially accepts the UNT Quality Enhancement Plan.
"This is wonderful news. Accreditation from SACS is an important external measure of our quality," President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "I also was pleased the UNT QEP - which is an important plan for improving student learning in large classes - was endorsed. That is exceptional and speaks to the quality of our plan and our educational foundation."
UNT is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of SACS to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. To remain an accredited institution, UNT will need to undergo the reaffirmation review again in 10 years.
"Many faculty and staff members across campus dedicated countless hours for nearly three years to ensure the university retained its accreditation, and I sincerely thank each one of them for their continuing commitment to our quality," says Howard Johnson, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Learn about the UNT QEP at http://web3.unt.edu/cdl/QEP/.
To learn more about the UNT SACS reaffirmation of accreditation process, visit http://web2.unt.edu/ira/sacsr/static/.
To see a complete list of individuals serving on UNT's SACS leadership teams, visit http://web2.unt.edu/ira/sacsr/static/teams.html.
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