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SACS Committee of Reviewers to Conduct On-Site Visit Oct. 17-20


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees reaffirmed Davidson’s accreditation in July 2017, extending Davidson’s accreditation for 10 years, until 2027.

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) will be on campus from Oct. 17-20 to continue its evaluation of Davidson for reaffirmation of accreditation.

The SACSCOC committee of reviewers is evaluating two required submissions from Davidson. The first, called a Focused Report, provides documentation of Davidson's compliance with SACSCOC standards of education quality and effectiveness. An accredited school is required to comply with all SACSCOC standards. For more than two years, faculty and staff across the college have worked to compile the necessary documentation and evidence.

The second submission is Davidson's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), titled "Opening Wide the Gateways: Enhancing Student Learning and Promoting Inclusion in the Quantitative Disciplines." This plan seeks to shrink the grade point differential between majority students and their underrepresented peers in six quantitatively-oriented departments (biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics/computer science, physics and psychology).

The SACSCOC committee consists of college presidents and other senior leaders, as well as faculty and staff specializing in substantive areas addressed by SACSCOC standards. During the campus visit, the committee will meet with President Carol Quillen and the leadership of the college, members of Davidson's Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff from the departments involved in this process. Some members of the committee will share a lunch with students.

It is likely that the reviewers will informally ask people on campus about their familiarity with the QEP. You're invited to prepare yourself for that possibility by visiting the QEP webpage.

Following the October visit and evaluation, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees will vote on whether to reaffirm Davidson's accreditation in June 2017.

Read more about the reaccreditation process and Davidson's QEP:

Reaccreditation at Davidson: Incentive for Continuous Improvement

College Prepares for Quality Enhancement Plan Site Visit


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.