Process

Mississippi State University received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2003. SACS adopted new accreditation standards in 2004. The new standards changed the process of reaffirmation. The process is no longer based on an intensive self-study. Now institutions must provide evidence of continuous improvement through assessment and research-based planning. The major changes in the process are listed below.

Previous Reaffirmation Current Reaffirmation
Self-Study Report (intensive writing) with extensive on-campus committee structure Compliance Audit (succinct and technical) with small compliance team
400+ prescriptive "must" statements 12 Core Requirements
58 Comprehensive Standards
7 Federal Requirements
Interview-based review with onsite visiting committee of 15-20 members Evidenced-based review with 2 reviews (off-site and on-site)
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Several follow-up reports allowed, but no interim reports 12 Core Requirements
58 Comprehensive Standards
7 Federal Requirements
400+ prescriptive "must" statements Limited follow-ups
QEP impact report
Interim Compliance Certification
Deficiencies in self-study did not affect reaffirmation Deficiencies in Compliance or QEP affect reaffirmation