Fifth-Year Review Self-Assessment

Among other things, the Fifth-Year Interim Report for SACSCOC requires a compliance certification. To ensure not only the certainty of approval of the interim report, but also the best possible education for our students, Shorter University regularly self-assesses compliance with the SACSCOC standards to be evaluated in its next review. Click on any of the standards to read a full description. As the submission date draws near, an abbreviated narrative of Shorter’s self-assessment will be listed in each section.

The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of each of its academic programs.”
“The institution provides student support programs, services, and activities consistent with its mission that are intended to promote student learning and enhance the development of its students.”
“The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience and competence to lead the institution.”
“The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in the following area: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes.”
“The institution publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission.”
For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration.”  
“The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.”
“The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. Criteria may include enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating student achievement.”
“The institution’s curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.”
“The institution makes available to students and the public current academic calendars, grading policies, and refund policies.”  
“Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs.”
“The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints.”
“Recruitment materials and presentations accurately represent the institution’s practices and policies.”  
“The institution is in compliance with its program responsibilities under Title IV of the most recent Higher Education Act as amended. The institution audits financial aid programs as required by federal and state regulations.”  
“An institution that offers distance or correspondence education documents each of the following: demonstrates that the student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit by verifying the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as (a) a secure login and pass code, (b) proctored examinations, or (c) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.”
“An institution that offers distance or correspondence education documents each of the following: has a written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses or programs.” 
“An institution that offers distance or correspondence education documents each of the following: has a written procedure distributed at the time of registration or enrollment that notifies students of any projected additional student charges associated with verification of student identity.” 
“The institution has policies and procedures for determining the credit hours awarded for courses and programs that conform to commonly accepted practices in higher education and to Commission policy.”
“An institution that offers distance or correspondence education documents each of the following: has a written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses or programs.” 
“The institution complies with the policies of the Commission on Colleges.”