Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Celebrations: SACSCOC & Homecoming

LETU's Associate Provost Dr. Stephanie Kirschmann and dozens of others deserve our gratitude for the successful visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

She and our Senior Director John Lommel have led faculty and staff from across the university to a very favorable assessment by SACSCOC. Universities demonstrate their compliance with standards that address the entire university: library, finances, athletics, student affairs, faculty, governance and everything else!

I am thrilled to report that of the 96 Principles of Accreditation, there are 16 that are considered core requirements. Of those 16, we received NO RECOMMENDATIONS for improvement...100% compliance.

There are also 11 federal requirements. Again, we received no recommendations...100% compliance.

The onsite team left us with recommendations on only TWO of the remaining comprehensive standards: 1) providing additional evidence on the student learning outcomes of our educational programs, and 2) guidance for moving the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) from proposal to successfully implementing our new writing center to support our "Writing For Your Life" QEP.

Our next step is a Response Report providing additional evidence of the two standards above and a revised version of the QEP. Following SACSCOC receiving these materials in early fall, the final word on our reaffirmation of accreditation is expected to come at the SACSCOC annual meeting in Atlanta this December.

We are celebrating "SACS" with "sacks." At our president's coffee on Tuesday, I distributed 10 Kroger "sacks" and $300 to willing individuals who are doing the shopping to fill those sacks with groceries for Newgate Mission, our Mobberly Avenue neighbors who feed the hungry in our community.

Today and throughout this weekend, I encourage all of you to give a hearty welcome to our alumni and guests who are visiting for Homecoming 2016 as we celebrate LETU's 70th anniversary with alumni reunions for all welding/materials joining majors, Flooders floor alumni and the Class of 1966, including our Golden Jackets, who are those alumni who have graduated 50 years ago or longer.

It is always such a blessing to hear the stories of so many during Homecoming activities as they tell about how their experiences and relationships at LeTourneau have had a lifelong impact on the lives of so many.

And don't forget our great tradition, Hootenanny, on Friday evening. For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, click here.