Western Carolina University begins reaccreditation process

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University has recently begun its reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the major accrediting body for more than 780 public and private institutions of higher education in the South.

“The SACS review is a time for people to ‘show their purple,’ to be proud of what Western has accomplished, to work toward improvements in the future, and to put the university’s best foot forward,” Provost Kyle Carter said. The review is housed within Western’s Office of the Provost; Carter and SACS Review Director Carol Burton are leading the process.

Western has been accredited by SACS since 1946; the last accreditation review took place in 1996. The next review will occur in the spring of 2007 when the review team will visit Western.

Since Western’s last accreditation review, there has been a major change in the process, Carter points out. While universities still have to meet stringent standards, they also are required to show how they are getting better. Instead of evaluating a static process, the reviewers will be looking for improvements that show measurable results in student learning and outcomes.

For more information, please visit the SACS Review Web site at http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/sacs-review/