Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and has been a member since 2010. Questions about the accreditation of Ave Maria University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of College sand Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500 or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
AMU Campus Contacts:
Dr. Dan Hubert (email@example.com)
ExecutiveDirector for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success
SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
Grace DeSalvo, M.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness
Maintaining regional accreditation…
SACSCOC has six core values that guide its service to members and the public, drive the accreditation process for its members, and are reflected in its Principles of Accreditation. These are:
• Continuous Quality Improvement
• Peer Review/Self-regulation
• Student Learning
The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement is SACSCOC’s primary source document for the reaffirmation review process. These principles are organized in sections and are structured by respective topic. The Principles of Accreditation also distinguishes the significance of its Core Requirements from the position of the other standards. If a section includes a Core Requirement – a basic, broad-based, foundational requirement that establishes a threshold of development required of all institutions seeking reaffirmation – it will appear as the first standard(s) in a section. Table 1 presents the 14 sections of the Principles of Accreditation.
Table 1: Sections of the Principles of Accreditation
The Principles of Accreditation stipulate that failure to document compliance with the Core Requirements through evidence will result in sanction or adverse action. Note, however, that compliance with the Core Requirements alone will not result in reaffirmation (See SACSCOC policy Sanctions, Denial of Reaffirmation, and Removal from Membership).
Ave Maria University has been preparing for its 2025 reaffirmation of accreditation since early 2022.This process includes an off-site review of all Sections of the Principles of Accreditation, on-site review by a team of peer reviewers confirming the Core Requirements and other key metrics and reports, and a final review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. To prepare for these reviews, we have reviewed, learned, and improved from the results of our Fifth Year Report submitted in 2018. This self-study process is an opportunity for us to reflect on what makes Ave Maria University distinct as well as to document and strengthen our policies and operational procedures to ensure the needed level of quality and sustainability for all aspects of our institution.
To successfully achieve our reaffirmation of accreditation, we have requested extensive documentation in preparation of our Compliance Certification narrative that provide evidence of compliance for each standard and the creation of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Our Office of Institutional Effectiveness, in collaboration with campus teams, is preparing the Compliance Certification narratives. Drafts of the Compliance Certification are reviewed internally and by external consultants for feedback and verification prior to the submission deadline in early September 2024. Reaffirmation requires time and collaboration of all academic departments, as well as administrative and operational units. At Ave Maria University, we strive to make a difference for our students, faculty, staff, and community by supporting our mission as an institution of higher education and to increase our efforts to continuously improve across campus.
As we work toward reaffirmation ofaccreditation, these resources are provided by SACSCOC:
Florida Department of Health (License Number: NPRN705102)