Wed, Aug 13 2008
LeTourneau University Executive Vice President for External Relations Marila Palmer recently presented her work on successfully guiding a university through an accreditation auditing process.
Palmer presented at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Summer Institute in Orlando, Fla., in late July to discuss what institutional effectiveness evaluators look for when evaluating the institutional effectiveness of universities.
Approximately 700 university administrators and faculty attended the SACS event where Palmer presented her topic “Conducting an Institutional Effectiveness Audit: What Does an IE Evaluator Look For?” She developed the IE Audit Form from her consulting and service on SACS Committees reviewing a dozen other colleges or universities.
Palmer's first presentation attracted about 80 participants packed into a room for 60, so the seminar organizers asked her to repeat the session in the afternoon when another 80 attended. Participants in Palmer's sessions included faculty and administrators from schools around the country, including Texas schools like Texas Woman's University, University of Texas at Tyler and Stephen F. Austin State University. SACS has asked Palmer to expand the presentation into a pre-conference workshop at its annual meeting in December in San Antonio.
Founded in 1895, SACS accredits over 13, 000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS is the accrediting organization for schools in the 11 U.S. Southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.