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Lynn University accreditation reaffirmed by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Published Jan. 18, 2012

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Lynn University for another 10 years, with no recommendations on any of the 94 review criteria used by the accrediting body.

“There were a number of faculty and staff members involved in the success of our process to be reaffirmed for accreditation, and I want to thank all of them for their contributions,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “I am extremely proud to be a part of this university and to be working with such a professional and dedicate faculty and staff.”

The full list of actions taken by the SACS commission is available online.

Lynn also received no recommendations from SACS on its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)—a university-wide initiative focused on improving student learning that is part of the SACS reaccreditation process. After consulting with the university community, Lynn selected The Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community as its QEP topic.

The Citizenship Project, which just debuted during the 2012 January Term, requires first-year students to take a course in the Dialogues of Innovation January Term that focuses on a civic issue, problem or topic and will engage in experiential learning opportunities and community service work with local, community-based partners. Thematic areas for the courses include homelessness, environmental sustainability and urban renewal. The selected partner organizations include Gumbo Limbo, Habitat for Humanity, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the United Way.

This video shows a recent example of a service project with TOMS shoes—their stated goal is to give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased.

Jason Walton, Lynn University’s chief of staff, oversaw the complex flow of information between faculty, staff and the administration to ensure that the school could obtain the detailed and in-depth documentation SACS needed to review. As part of the process, he and his team collected hundreds of documents and pieces of evidence for submission.

“We have a great team here at Lynn, and everyone understood the importance of ensuring we supplied SACS with what they needed,” Walton said. “I’m really pleased that our good work paid off, and our accreditation was reaffirmed with no recommendations on the 94 criteria items.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This agency accredits over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the southern United States. Lynn has been accredited by SACS since 1967. To maintain accreditation, a university must undergo a rigorous internal review every 10 years.