SACS Officially Accredits CSU for Another 10 Years

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University has been reaccredited for another 10 years by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.

The official reaffirmation extends to all CSU associate, baccalaureate and masters degree programs and confirms the university has fully complied with the criteria for accreditation, including complete documentation.

SACS-member schools must be reaccredited every 10 years. The status is important because it allows CSU students to transfer credit and gain admission to other institutions, and it qualifies the university for certain types of federal student aid and faculty development and research grants, among other benefits.

SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in 11 U.S. southern states for degree- granting institutions of higher education. Representatives of the Atlanta-based association visited CSU in March, the culminating step in a reaccreditation process that CSU began with a self-study in fall 2004.

At the end of that March visit, reviewers told CSU officials that everything looked in order. Official word of the reaccreditation came this week.

As a result of much preparation and hard work by many CSU faculty and staff, the official review and visit were extraordinarily successful, said CSU President Frank Brown. The quality educational product that defines Columbus State was confirmed and applauded by the outside reviewers and by the full board of the Commission on Colleges at its annual meeting.

The accreditation process also produced a CSU Quality Enhancement Plan, defined by SACS as an effort to improve the quality of student learning. CSUs plan is called Writing the Solution: Steps Toward Developing Competent and Professional Student Writers. Endorsed by SACS, the plan aims to improve grammar and critical analysis by freshmen and sophomores, and to develop professional standards for students closing in on their degrees.

CSUs next scheduled reaccreditation review is in 2016.