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Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness

MISSION OF ACCREDITATION & INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

The Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness (OAIE) exists to help LETU fulfill its mission through maintaining compliance with accreditation standards and assisting in developing innovative assessment practices leading to continuous improvement throughout the institution.


Purpose of Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary quality assurance process for colleges and universities, ensuring that the institution is delivering a quality product (degree) and is continuing to grow and improve over time. Every few years, an institution must provide evidence of their continued efforts in these areas in order to be re-accredited.

LeTourneau University receives regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Commission is led by a governing board comprised of presidents, faculty, administrators, and staff of the institutions within the SACSCOC region.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies three things:

  1. LETU has a mission appropriate to higher education
  2. LETU has the resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission
  3. LETU maintains specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers

Closely aligned to these three signifiers is SACSCOC’s expectation that all institutions dedicate themselves to enhancing the quality of their programs and services in order to enhance the educational, research and public service of the mission.

From a student's perspective there are three primary benefits to accreditation:

  1. It confirms that LeTourneau University provides a quality education
  2. It gives the LeTourneau degree credibility for graduate schools and employers
  3. It allows students to receive a variety of outside financial aid (federal, state, foundations, employers, etc.)

What is Compliance?

Compliance is the determination that LETU meets the core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements of accreditation.

To learn more about the process of determining compliance, view the reaffirmation timeline.

Quality Enhancement Plan

The QEP is a course of action that is specific to an institution and its mission and is intended to be customized and designed to meet the needs of students at a particular institution. It is an opportunity for an institution to be creative in an area related to compliance with the Principles. Therefore, although an institution may want to study QEPs completed by other institutions, an institution’s QEP should reflect the needs of the institution and be customized to accomplish its goals.

The process for developing the QEP requires input from all stakeholders and constituencies. Data will be gathered through institutional effectiveness reporting, focus groups, and surveys in order to inform decision making concerning the focus of the QEP. The topic will be selected by March 2015. The QEP Steering committee will develop the QEP document and submit by October 30, 2015.

Questions? Contact:

John Lommel

Senior Director of Accreditation
& Institutional Effectiveness

(903) 233-3130
JohnLommel@letu.edu


About SACSCOC


Accreditation Vision Statement

We want everyone who interacts with our reaffirmation to be amazed by what God has done and is doing with LeTourneau University.

"Live such good lives among others that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."

 - 1 Peter 2:12

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