UNA receives top marks, reaffirmation of accreditation

Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews, director of the university’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), explains the plan and its connection to SACS accreditation at an open forum in November 2011. 

Following a perfect review during the spring 2012 semester, UNA was officially notified on Dec. 11 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that the university has been reaffirmed for accreditation, according to a press release sent out by the university. 

SACS visited the campus Feb. 27 through March 1 to review the university’s compliance with more than 80 academic and administrative standards, as well as the university’s implementation of the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP).

The review board had no recommendations or need for follow up, an outcome only achieved by about two percent of other universities, said President Bill Cale in an interview with The Flor-Ala on March 2.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing and do it well,” Cale said. “I don’t have any concerns about getting reaccredited.”

University officials received the notification of reaccreditation at the commission’s annual meeting, according to the press release.

While reaccreditation was expected following the review, Cale said in the press release that it is nice to bring closure to the process.

“This is not something you can prepare for only a few months out,” he said in the press release. “The review team thoroughly researches your institution’s current level of quality and how it’s been maintained and strengthened over an extended period. The fact that UNA came through this review with a perfect score should bolster the confidence and pride of this entire community.”