SACS Readiness Week: Compliance Certification - Federal StandardsPresentation Transcript
SACS Compliance Certification (Fall 2010-Spring 2011) Federal Requirements Abby Sharpe – Subcommittee Chair Committee Members: Dr. Rodney Washington Dr. Alisa Mosley Dr. Nola Radford Ms. Jean Brooks Ms. LaShanda Jordan
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Federal Requirements are unique to the Compliance Certification
Even if the Off-Site committee (first reviewers) deems compliance, the On-Site committee must also review and document compliance
Federal Requirements are governed by the U.S. State Department of Education
4.1 The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement including, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates. X Compliance Sample data being compiled (results for the following are needed)
Praxis I and II
Co-Ops and Internships
Business II Test
Field Based Experiences
Student Teaching Evaluations
Graduate and Professional School Placements
Course Completion Rates
4.2 The institution’s curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.
The curriculum is tied directly to Jackson State University’s goals and mission:
Committed to serving students from diverse academic, social, economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds;
Functions as a community of learners in which teaching, research, and service are central to its learning environment;
Develops responsible leaders who are capable and willing to seek solutions to human, social, and technological problems – especially those relevant to the metropolitan and urban areas of the state, nation, and world.
The following core values are also embraced: tradition, accountability, learning, nurturing, service, and responsibility.
Details of Compliance
Through the wide array of academic programs, students are allowed to major in business disciplines, education and teacher training, traditional liberal arts, professional studies and public health fields, natural sciences, and other areas of intellectual inquiry.
All academic programs are supported by technologically advanced libraries, alliances with external agencies and organizations, numerous institutes, centers, and specialized educational and research services.
(documentation: undergraduate catalog)
4.3 The institution makes available to students and the public current academic calendars, grading policies, and refund policies. __X___ Compliance
Published in the academic catalogs and on the University Website
Published in the academic catalogs
Published in the academic catalogs, the student handbook – available in hard copy and electronically
4.4 Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. X Compliance
Discussion of IHL’s 120-124 hour undergraduate program mandate effective Fall 2007
Exceptions are allowed in Music Education and the Engineering disciplines (including computer science)
Curricular revisions were accomplished through a six-month review of general education courses, major course requirements, and consideration of discipline-specific accreditation standards.
The process, coordinated by the dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, was broad-based with each department providing input, and the core curriculum was approved through the Core II Curriculum Committee.
Provide sampling of hours required for a degree at all graduate levels: masters, ed specialist, and doctoral.
4.5 The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints. X Compliance
Discussion of the various procedures through the following venues (as presented in the academic catalogs, student life website, procedures for judicial process, and the student handbook):
Office of Academic Affairs
Division of Student Life
Office of Residential Life
Office of Admissions
4.6 Recruitment materials and presentations accurately represent the institution’s practices and policies. X Compliance
Review of various recruitment brochures distributed through: the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment, the Division of Graduate Studies, and individual departmental brochures.
The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment
The Division of Graduate Studies
Departmental and Programs brochures, newsletters, and other publications
4.7 The institution is in compliance with its program responsibilities under Title IV of the 1998 Higher Education Amendments. X Compliance
The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for compliance with responsibilities under Title IV
Detailed policies governing financial aid programs are located in the academic catalogs
Currently, JSU is operating under no sanctions or reimbursements to the Department of Education related to Title IV funds.
Financial aid programs are audited annually by independent auditors in accordance with state and federal regulations
The audits are in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations