The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Mississippi Valley State University at its meeting held recently in Dallas. The decision marked the culmination of a 30-month process to demonstrate the university’s compliance with the Principles of Accreditation. Reaffirmation is awarded for 10 years.
“I would like to acknowledge Dr. Donna H. Oliver for her leadership as well as all members of the university administration, faculty, staff, students and the members of the university's SACSCOC leadership team,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr. Acting President of Mississippi Valley State University. “Their diligence over the past four years leading to this very significant accomplishment for the university is commendable.”
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges’ Board of Trustees is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.
To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).
“This decision indicates that the institution is operating at its highest level and adhering to higher education standards that address the needs of students and society,” said Dr. Rankins. “It also indicates that the university is poised to continue its upward trajectory by providing sustainable resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish MVSU’s mission.”
MVSU’s Mission Statement
To be committed to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research--a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
“This has been a comprehensive evaluation of the institution’s operations, and an opportunity to engage the entire campus community in a continuous improvement effort,” said Dr. John D. Jones, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Strategic Planning/Accreditation Liaison.