Clark Atlanta University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Clark Atlanta University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Welcome to Clark Atlanta University University’s SACSCOC reaffirmation website. Reaffirmation of accreditation is an essential multiyear process that involves each unit of the university to review itself and its processes against the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation with ethical integrity and showcase our commitment to our core mission of instruction, research and service. It is our institutional report card as well as our opportunity to discover how we can improve through honest assessment of our programs, services and processes. This systematic self-study and review required by SACSCOC ensures that CAU continues to enhance its educational quality.
It is important for the entire campus to approach the reaffirmation process as a high priority. Our success depends on the collective dedication to this important endeavor in time, effort and resources. I thank those involved in both large and small ways, and I look forward to working together as we move forward to ensure that CAU will continue to be an outstanding university.
Lauren Lopez, Ph.D.
Vice President, Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research/SACSCOC Institutional Accreditation Liaison
Purpose of this Web Site
The purpose of this website is to help CAU faculty, staff, students, and administrators understand the requirements of accreditation so that we can respond effectively for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 2016. In order to keep you abreast of our efforts this site will be updated on a regular basis with important resources and information related to the SACSCOC reaffirmation process.
For questions or inquiries about the SACSCOC reaffirmation process, please contact:
Dr. Lauren Lopez, CCR Chair, Ext. 8061
Dr. Obie Clayton, QEP Director, Ext. 8531
Dr. Kelly DeLong, QEP Chair, Ext. 8171
Changes since the last Reaffirmation
The reaffirmation process has changed significantly since our 2006 SACSCOC visit. The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, which went into effect in January 2004, require institutions to demonstrate compliance with fewer and less prescriptive standards that focus on goals and outcomes as measures of effectiveness. The Principles are based on four key elements:
- Peer review
- Institutional integrity
- Continuous improvement
- Focus on student learning
With the new Principles the first change was the requirement to submit a Fifth-Year Interim Report and QEP Impact Report in spring 2012. For our next decennial reaffirmation we will submit a Compliance Certification Report (CCR) addressing all of the 90+ standards as well as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) based on the latest edition of the Principles. The CCR will be reviewed mainly by an off-site committee and the spring 2016 on-site visit will focus mainly on the QEP.