The SACS Commission on Colleges Visiting Committee completed its decennial reaffirmation visit to Clayton State University last week with an exit presentation that typified what Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes characterizes as an “exceptional” result.
Hynes notes that while the final reaffirmation decision on Clayton State’s accreditation will officially be made at the December 2014 meeting of the SACSCOC Board, the visiting committee’s recommendations are invariably accepted.
“In our case, the committee left with no recommendations for additional work to demonstrate compliance with the accreditation principles,” he says. Hynes, who himself has been part of 16 such visits as an evaluator or as a university under review, adds that this is the first “no recommendation” report he has experienced.
In addition, the Committee also praised the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) -- Partnering Academics and Community Engagement, or PACE — and found it was an acceptable plan for Clayton State to move forward.
Dean of Assessment and Instructional Development Dr. Jill Lane and Professor of Psychology Dr. Antoinette Miller have led the University’s SACS-related efforts for nearly two years in what Hynes refers to as a “massive undertaking.”
“Their leadership directed the work of an exceptional campus community that made this effort such a success,” he adds. “I say thanks to each and every member of the campus community for helping us achieve this result.”