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Championing Auburn’s dedication to highly-qualified college

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Auburn College has accomplished the primary section of the reaffirmation course of for its accrediting physique, the Southern Affiliation of Faculties and Faculties-Fee on Faculties, or SACSCOC. In early November, an off-site committee will evaluation Auburn’s Compliance Certification Report, or CCR, and ship suggestions. Auburn will then have till Jan. 16 to submit responses to their questions in anticipation of the on-site evaluation committee’s go to Feb. 28-March 2, 2023.

Six months out from SACSCOC’s on-site go to, we’re highlighting Customary 6.2.a, which focuses on college {qualifications}. For those who have been requested to trace down a transcript or an up to date resume in the previous couple of months–you are not alone. Our workplace collected and reviewed over 1,900 transcripts and resumes to assist showcase the excellent {qualifications} of our college. Under is a bit more perception into why.

Working with Auburn’s college of their roles as instructors, researchers, mentors and colleagues, it is simple to see that in every of our faculties and departments our college are extremely certified to show and lead programs that guarantee scholar studying and success. Sadly, for accreditation functions, the lived expertise of working with Auburn’s college is not a part of the equation. It is all about documentation.

Each 5 years, SACSCOC requires that member establishments submit a school roster that features each college member, each course they taught in a selected “snapshot” 12 months and proof of the precise educational or skilled credentials that qualify them to show every of these lessons. To place this into extra concrete context, Auburn College employs over 1,443 full-time college which accounts for greater than 80% of Auburn’s whole college. Constructing a roster with each teacher and each course taught in fall 2021 and spring 2022 means gathering details about an enormous variety of people and an excellent greater variety of programs.

Alignment between the trainer’s highest diploma earned and the precise self-discipline of the programs they’re educating is the best manner for SACSCOC reviewers to find out that college are certified. In different phrases, if in case you have a doctorate in philosophy and train programs with the PHIL prefix, you are the most definitely to get a fast nod of approval from SACSCOC reviewers. With roughly 92% of Auburn’s full-time professorial and different educational college holding the terminal diploma (normally a doctorate) of their self-discipline, our staff had a head begin within the documentation sport.

Nevertheless, many college have instantly associated expertise past their educational diploma that makes them certified to show programs in a selected associated or sub-discipline. In these cases, Auburn can use alternative routes to show college {qualifications}. This contains skilled expertise within the discipline, licensure and certifications, scholarly publications, honors and awards or different demonstrated competencies that contribute to efficient educating and scholar studying outcomes. The truth is, a number of programmatic accrediting businesses even advocate the hiring of discipline practitioners along with these with educational credentials as a part of a well-rounded division. For instance, disciplines like constructing science, journalism, music efficiency and public finance extremely worth expertise as a practitioner exterior their educational levels.

To return to Auburn’s roster for the 2021-22 educational 12 months, explicitly linking the wealthy and broad experiences of Auburn’s college to the precise programs they train typically required a line-by-line examination of a transcript or CV. No connection could possibly be taken with no consideration; the roster needs to be ready with the expectation that reviewers can have little or no information of any given self-discipline. In some instances, we even labored with the college member to assist craft an evidence of the connection between explicit seemingly “area of interest” disciplines. (Here is you, Tribology.)

Given this stage of course-by-course scrutiny and the sheer variety of college and programs included on such a roster, it’s straightforward to see why that is the primary most cited normal in an preliminary evaluation from SACSCOC. The truth is, if even one college member is flagged because of a query about their {qualifications} for a selected course, the establishment might be marked as non-compliant on this normal.

Our staff labored arduous to place collectively a robust, detailed roster that may reduce the variety of follow-up questions through the on-site evaluation, however we couldn’t accomplish that alone. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to HR liaisons, deans, affiliate deans and division head and chairs who helped us be certain that we represented college {qualifications} precisely. It really takes collaboration throughout all ranges of the college to champion Auburn’s excellent college.

This cycle’s college {qualifications} work is not over. We’ll probably have to observe up with some college as soon as we obtain preliminary suggestions in November. Nevertheless, our staff has already begun exploring methods to make this course of extra environment friendly and efficient for the fifth-year interim report in 2027. Our hope is {that a} formalized course of for commonly documenting college {qualifications} will make it simpler to share that documentation with each institutional and programmatic collectors when required. For now, although, we await suggestions from the off-site evaluation in November and stay up for internet hosting SACSCOC on campus in February 2023.

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