SACSCOC approves UNT’s reaccreditation

Dec. 12, 2016

Dear UNT Community,

I’m excited to report that SACSCOC (Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges) recently approved our reaccreditation, and we passed with flying colors. They had no recommendations or modifications, which is a huge credit to our high quality and standards, as well as to the hard work and dedication of our excellent faculty, staff and students. You can read the news release.

Accreditation offers assurance that universities meet rigorous standards set by their accrediting bodies and is required by the federal government. We were first accredited in 1925, and we are reaccredited every 10 years.

I want to thank everyone involved in this multi-year effort, especially the team handling the reaccreditation process led by Allen Clark, associate vice president for University Information Services, and the steering committee that included:

  • Jason Simon, associate vice provost for Data, Analytics & Institutional Research
  • Mike Simmons, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth Vogt, director of University Accreditation
  • Kim Faris, data analyst for University Accreditation

They spent countless hours on this process and their hard work has clearly paid off. I also want to thank all of you — our students, faculty, staff and administrators — for upholding our high standards.

Accreditation is essential to what we do. There are two main parts required for reaccreditation through SACSCOC. The Compliance Certification Report shows how we’re meeting standards and is necessary for eligibility for federal funding, including student aid and research grants. The Quality Enhancement Plan is an educational enhancement plan that must benefit students. We developed UNT Career Connect, an initiative that gets students job ready with community-based learning.

This is a job well done and will give us great momentum to move forward and continue our excellent work. 

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
President