The SACS Commission on Colleges hosted discussions on the accreditation process and institutional effectiveness
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality and value-based education, recently participated in a professional meeting hosted by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) at its headquarters in Decatur, Georgia, USA. SACS-COC is one of six regional accrediting agencies and accredits institutions of higher education in the US as well as international universities. Prof. Raymond Tennant, Head of ALHOSN’s Effectiveness and Accreditation Center, represented the university in a series of workshops held from April 22 to 23, 2010 covering the accreditation process and the proper assessment of institutional effectiveness and included institutions from US southern states as well as several international colleges and universities.
One workshop focused on the structure of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the concept of regional accreditation. It also included the COC accreditation process including steps for compliance with the standards as covered by the SACS publication ‘The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement’.
A second workshop centered on the assessment of institutional effectiveness as a key to develop and improve academic and administrative programs. Participants shared the overall planning and evaluation cycles of their respective institutions and how these facilitate the achievement of the institution mission and goals. Specific examples of best practices were given to demonstrate methods that can be used to further develop institutional effectiveness.
“Our success as an educational institution relies significantly on the quality controls we employ. Accreditation and periodic assessments of our organizational effectiveness are crucial to ensure maintaining high levels of quality and performance that constitute our obligation to our students, their guardians, and our other stakeholders. Our representation in the SACS-COC workshops reflects our commitment to adopt world-class standards in all our processes, policies and standards,” said Prof. Tennant.
ALHOSN’s participation in the US event follows its hosting of a workshop on institutional effectiveness entitled ‘Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions’ on April 17, 2010. The seminar was organized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and facilitated by Prof. Hilary Winchester, Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategy & Planning at the University of South Australia.
ALHOSN University constantly engages in local, regional and global dialogues to improve the quality and delivery of its 11 undergraduate programs and 7 graduate programs. These programs are accredited by the CAA and are open to students of all nationalities.