Morehouse College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
The reaffirmation process is a rigorous audit of the entire College ecosystem. Morehouse must demonstrate that it operates in a manner that provides a quality education to its students and a safe environment to all constituents. The College must also demonstrate that it is financially stable and has a strong Board governance that both advances Morehouse but also gives the administration the freedom to operate. Most of all, SACSCOC certifies that the College has the correct processes in place to sustain the institution. The entire reaffirmation process will take place over a minimum of two years with the final decision being handed down in June 2019.
The elements of the SACSCOC Reaffirmation process are as follows. As noted, the College has multiple opportunities to make its case for reaffirmation.
SACSCOC Reaffirmation Process Components
1. Compliance Certification Report (CCR) – All aspects of the College are under scrutiny as the CCR measures whether an institution is in compliance with accepted standards. SACSCOC has 100standards that Morehouse must demonstrate compliance to through a narrative and supporting documentation. Sixteen of those standards are Core Requirements where non-compliance automatically means a sanction against the College. Eleven are Federal standards required by the Federal government and the remaining 73 are known as Comprehensive Requirements. Morehouse has had 8 committees working on various portions of the report, which is due March 2018 and will be given to the SACSCOC Off-Site Review Team.
2. Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – The QEP encourages institutions to be innovative in their efforts to improve. Each college is expected to create a 5-year plan to improve student learning outcomes, have an institutional budget, and affect a broad section of the College. Morehouse’s QEP will center on student writing, Black Life History and Culture. Dr. Nathaniel Norment is Chair of the QEP. The plan is due September 2018 and, once approved, will take place from 2019-2024.
3. Off-Site Review – The SACSCOC Off-Site Review Team meets in late April 2018 to review the entire CCR, and to determine if the College is in compliance on each standard with an explanation for their decision.
4. Focused Report – For any standards found to be in non-compliance by the SACSCOC Off-Site Review Team, Morehouse has an opportunity to provide additional explanations and/or evidence to support our contention that we are truly compliant. The Focused Report will be given to the SACSCOC On-Site Review Team and is due September 2018.
5. SACSCOC On-Site Review Team – From October 30 – November 1, Morehouse will host the SACSCOC On-Site Review Team to re-evaluate any standards found to be in non-compliance on our first report. The team is required to evaluate on-site the 11Federal standards as well. A significant portion of their visit will focus on the QEP. This committee has access to all of the campus and will be expected to interview a broad selection of constituents.
6. Response Report – Morehouse will have a third chance to present its evidence for compliance, due April 2019 to any questions raised by the SACSCOC On-Site Review Team
7. SACSCOC Board of Trustees Review – The Board meets in June 2019 to review all reports and responses to give its final decision.