Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the process for SACSCOC Reaffirmation?
SACSCOC has 100 standards that the College is expected to answer. Those standards consist of Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements. By March 2018, the College will send the Compliance Certification Report, demonstrating our compliance with all standards, to SACSCOC. Next, in May, an Off-Site Review Team will read and evaluate Morehouse's answers. If this team believes the College has not demonstrated sufficient compliance on certain standards, they will notify the President. The SACSCOC team will, over the summer, compose a Focused Report answering any questions the Off-site team may have had or giving further information to demonstrate compliance. In November 2018, an On-Site Review Team will visit the College. This team will evaluate the answers in the Focused Report, audit the documentation shown the reports to confirm compliance and ascertain the value of the QEP project. If this team still finds problems, Morehouse is given another chance to prove compliance before the overall SACSCOC Board votes on Reaffirmation in June 2019.
Question: If Morehouse is found to have a non-compliant standard, is their SACSCOC Accreditation at risk?
Morehouse's goal is to be compliant on all standards when the Compliance Certification Report is submitted in March. But, it is very common for the Off-Site Review team to find a handful of standards (out of the 100) that need more documentation or clarification. That is why SACSCOC has three different opportunities for a college to make its case before any sanctions are placed.
Question: What is Morehouse's current status in the SACSCOC process?
Morehouse has multiple committees working on the Compliance Certification Report at the present time. Fall 2017 will be utilized to strengthen the narratives used and to ensure that all documentation is in place and easy to find. The College is on schedule to have the CCR finished by the March 2018 deadline.
Question: I heard that SACSCOC has approved new standards. How does this affect Morehouse?
Yes, in December 2017, SACSCOC approved a new set of accreditation standards, the first major overhaul in 15 years. At the current time, the impact to us is minimal. Colleges, like Morehouse, that have the Compliance Certification Reports due in Spring 2018 are allowed to submit under the old standards. Morehouse only has to answer two additional standards, which the Leadership Team is working on now. For the Fall on-site visit, Morehouse will be required to integrate the new standards where necessary. However, in general, the new standards are meant to reorganize, clarify and simplify the old standards. Very little new information is required.
What components will be included in Morehouse College's online SACS report and how will they be presented?
Compliance Report: This section of the site will provide access to the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements as required by the Commission on Colleges. In the compliance report section, each requirement has its own page. Requirements are organized with the requirement title and description at the top of the page, followed by the judgment and narrative. The narrative section of the site will contain information in support of the institution’s compliance with the specified requirement. As such, this section may contain tables and images, as well as links to supporting web sites and documents. Source documents will be provided at the bottom of the page directly following the narrative and may be in the form of PDFs or Web site links.
Focused Report: The focused report section will address the findings of the Off-Site Review Committee by providing updated and additional documentation regarding the institution's determination of its compliance with selected Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards.
Quality Enhancement Plan: The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is completed approximately 4-6 months prior to the on-site review by the Commission on Colleges. This section will describe a course of action for institutional improvement critical to the enhancement of educational quality. It may include various charts, graphs, or tables.
Document Directory: This page provides a link to PDF documents that serve as sources and are applicable to multiple requirements. These documents generally will be larger in size (i.e. handbooks or catalogs) and therefore provided in the Document Directory as an additional reference.
When is the reaffirmation process taking place?
Please see the timeline for additional information.
How does the College prepare for the SACSCOC reaffirmation?
A small leadership team has ultimate responsibility for assembling the Compliance Audit Document, which we are submitting in order to demonstrate compliance with the Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards. There is, however, broad involvement of faculty and staff in every aspect of developing the document – from writing the narratives to procuring the appropriate documentation.
Similarly, the development of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is developed with generous participation of faculty and staff.
What does Morehouse College have to do to be “accredited?”
Morehouse College was first accredited in 1932, and its accreditation with SACS has been continuously reaffirmed since that time. While the cycle of review has required the College to produce an episodic report every 10 years, we have also engaged in a process of continuous improvement and constant monitoring and evaluation of our policies and procedures.
What happens during an On-Site Visit?
An On-Site Reaffirmation Committee will visit Morehouse College’s campus in the Fall of 2018. The On-Site Committee evaluates and determines the acceptability of the QEP, reviews areas of non-compliance noted by the Off-Site Committee, reviews standards and requirements related to the criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education, and investigates any additional areas of interest. The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee completes the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee, which is submitted to the Commission. See the timeline for specific dates of activity related to reaffirmation.
Which committees are responsible for the data gathering process? Who serves on them?
Please see the Teams and Committees section for additional information.