Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Accreditation 2008

Welcome to Hampton University's website for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional body for the accreditation of higher education institutions in the Southern states. Hampton Institute (now University) was initially accredited in 1932. Accreditation was last reaffirmed in 1998. The institution is scheduled to receive its next reaffirmation of accreditation review in 2008.

This site serves as the primary vehicle for the communication of information to the campus community about the reaffirmation process and for the presentation of documents critical to the demonstration of compliance with the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and federal regulations as detailed in theĀ Principles of Accreditation. Included on the website is an outline of the steps in the reaffirmation process, a time line for the completion of process activities, a list of the principal SACS committees and a description of their duties, and other pertinent information that will enable you to be more knowledgeable about the new reaffirmation of accreditation review process. The institution's effectiveness and its ability to create and sustain an environment that is conducive to student learning is the focus of the new approach to accreditation.

Reaffirmation of accreditation under the new SACS guidelines requires the institution to submit two documents to the Commission: the Compliance Certification and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The Compliance Certification is the document completed by the institution that demonstrates its judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the 80 core principles of accreditation. The Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP describes a carefully designed and focused plan of action to address an issue or topic directly related to improving student learning. The development of the QEP will require the participation and consensus of all institutional constituent groups. The institution's On-Site Review is scheduled for April 2008.