Compliance Certification

The Compliance Certification provides extensive evidence (a narrative and supporting documentation) of compliance with the Principle of Integrity, each of the sixteen Core Requirements, each of the fifty-eight Comprehensive Standards, and each of the seven Federal Requirements (federal regulations for Title IV funding).  Our peer reviewers working within the SACSCOC expect to see a mature program assessment and administrative assessment along with complete faculty credentials.

Know that the Compliance Certification covers basic, broad-based foundational requirements that institutions must meet to be accredited.  The standards reflect basic expectations such as:

  • Degree granting authority
  • Governing board and chief executive officer
  • General education requirements that offer a breadth of knowledge
  • Adequate numbers of faculty
  • Student support, financial, physical, and learning resources

For a more in-depth look at the SACSCOC requirements, see the document Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.  The new criteria cover many aspects important to the management of an excellent institution of higher education, but place a special emphasis on integrity, quality improvement, and student learning.

At Appalachian State, Georgie Donovan is chairing the Compliance Certification process.  Georgie is associate professor and Coordinator of the Bibliographic Services Team in the Belk Library and Information Commons.  To manage the Compliance Certification, she leads a council of the chairs of thirteen sub-committees who are working on compiling documentation to support our case for reaffirmation.  These committees and their chairs include:

Sub-CommitteeCommittee ChargeChair
ChairCoordinate the process and compilation of materials for the Compliance CertificationGeorgie L. Donovan
Belk Library &
Information Commons
SACSCOC LiaisonServe as liaison with the SACSCOC and  work directly on the Compliance Certification Process with sub-committee chairsDr. Bobby H. Sharp
Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning
Institutional Effectiveness : Academic DepartmentsDetermine the degree to which Appalachian is effective in setting student learning outcomes, assessing them, and making changes as a result of our findings.Dr. Don R. Cox
Finance, Banking, & Insurance
Institutional Effectiveness : Student Services

Determine the degree to which Appalachian is effective in setting outcomes related to educational support services, research, and community service, assessing them, and making changes as a result of our findings. 

Nikki Crees, Advising
Faculty CredentialsDemonstrate that we have faculty qualified to teach in their assigned areas.  Review the academic record (transcripts, vitae, research, and publications) of every faculty member.Dr. Neva J. Specht
College of Arts & Sciences
Academic PoliciesReviews the policies regarding program content, length, development, awarding of credit, admissions, and student rights and records.  Focus specifically on undergraduate education credits.Susan B. Davies
Enrollment Services
Graduate EducationEnsure that the graduate program offers a progressively more advanced sequence of courses and that they foster independent learning as well as a general knowledge of the academic field.Dr. Doris G. Bazzini
Student ServicesReview requirements related to student affairs and student support services. Lynette Orbovich
Summer Sessions and Professional Development
Library & Learning ResourcesExamine the libraries and other information & technology services to determine whether they meet the needs of students and faculty.  Review the libraries holdings, budget, staff, mission, and goals.  Review computer labs, wireless network, email, and the website.Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling
Belk Library &
Information Commons
Institutional Effectiveness : Operational UnitsReview the setting of appropriate goals and measurement of outcomes for administrative support offices as well as the improvement of services based on outcomes of assessment.Denise N. Foutz
Business Affairs
Faculty IssuesRespond to whether Appalachian has adequate numbers of faculty for the degrees offered and look at other issues specific to faculty such as their responsibility for curriculum, evaluation, faculty development, role in governance, and academic freedom.Martha A. Marking
Theatre & Dance
Mission, Governance, AdministrationReview mission statement, how that mission translates into action.  Review the role of faculty and administrators in leading the institution.  Review roles of UNC System, administrators, SGA, Faculty Senate, and Staff Council.Dr. Susan D. McCracken
Chancellor’s Office
Federal MandatesReview compliance with all federal regulations that are related to the university, its mission, its operation, and its students.  Review compliance with requirements related to SACSCOC itself such as publication of accreditation status.Dr. Peter A. Groothius
General EducationReview the core curriculum and how it meets the goals of general education.Dr. Heather L. Waldroup
Financial & Physical ResourcesEnsure fiscal soundness and stability, financial aid administration, sponsored research; Document our appropriate, adequate, and safe physical environment for campus. Julie L. Taubman
Graduate School and Research & Sponsored Programs