University of Montevallo reaffirmed for SACSCOC accreditation

UM achieves nearly a century of accreditation

For the ninth consecutive time since 1925, the University of Montevallo has been reaffirmed for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

“As president of our institution, it is extremely gratifying to know that our colleagues in the Southeast recognize our faculty and staff’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. John W. Stewart III. “Our reaffirmation represents the culmination of considerable effort on campus.

“Dr. Kristen Gilbert and many others who led this effort are to be commended. Montevallo has always provided a quality education and I think we do that better than ever today.

Gilbert, UM Deputy Provost and SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison, says he is accredited by SACSCOC means that UM meets the rigorous standards of the peer review process that recognizes the importance of fulfilling an institution’s mission and ensures a rigorous and fulfilling educational experience for students.

Accreditation also determines an institution’s eligibility to receive federal student financial aid funding and its ability to accept transfer of college credit from other accredited colleges and universities.

SACSCOC’s 10-year accreditation process aims to ensure the quality of education and improve the effectiveness of its nearly 800 public and private member institutions.

Gilbert said the process began with a compliance certification report used by the institution to attest to its determination and extent of compliance with each of the accreditation principles for peer review and ended with a reaffirmation vote by elected members of the SACSCOC Board of Directors. trustees in December 2021.

The reaffirmation process requires the development and implementation of a quality improvement plan. UM’s plan, Progression to Profession, or P2P, focuses on students’ career planning and preparation efforts, emphasizing tasks that are essential in each academic program.

Students identify their career aspirations, develop and refine their career plans, and create professional artifacts to be stored in digital portfolios for use in preparation for graduate studies and/or professional applications through a systematic and enhanced partnership with the Center for career development, counselors and program teachers. P2P incorporates a five-year implementation plan, emphasizing the importance of early and sustained career planning through a University-wide commitment to improving overall student career readiness.

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