Message from the Institutional Accreditation Liaison
In December 2008 at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the University of Miami received reaffirmation of accreditation for the next ten years. We are very appreciative of the hard work and dedication that our faculty, staff, and students committed to this process.
The University’s Fifth-Year Interim Report, which was submitted in March 2014, provided evidence that the University of Miami was in compliance with the 17 select standards of the Principles of Accreditation, along with its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Impact Report. The most intensive portion of the interim review documented the effectiveness of UM’s nearly 300 academic programs, an effort managed through a steering committee chaired by William Scott Green, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. In its response letter of July 9, 2014, the SACSCOC affirmed that the University had provided an acceptable Fifth-Year Interim Report and requested no additional report. The Commission also accepted the University’s QEP Impact Report.
Under the leadership of President Donna E. Shalala and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM will continue to conduct university-wide program assessment in an effort to measure institutional effectiveness. We invite the university community to familiarize itself with our website, including the policies and procedures, SACSCOC revised standards, substantive change, and online programs.
Please let me know how we can best assist you. Thanks for your continuing support.
David E. Wiles, Ph.D.
Assessment and Accreditation
If you wish to file a complaint with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, download the SACSCOC “Complaint Procedures Against the Commission or Its Accredited Institutions” Policy and Form (PDF).
Complaints against the University of Miami also may be filed with the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400.
Distance Education Students
Each of the University of Miami’s online programs will make every attempt to resolve student complaints within appropriate channels. If you are unsure whom to contact for your particular program, the University of Miami Ombudsperson can assist you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Office of the Ombudsperson, within the Division of Student Affairs, at 305-284-4922.
Distance education students taking all courses online toward a University of Miami degree or certificate also may contact the consumer protection agency in their home state. Student complaint information by state and agency, as published by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) is shown here.
Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Miami includes:
General Education Assessment
The University of Miami is engaged in an on-going assessment of students’ attainment of General Education competencies. Designed to measure the value added to undergraduate students, results of General Education assessments are analyzed and delivered in a form intended for use by faculty and administration at the institution.
Each program and department (i.e., academic, student support, and administrative) at UM is engaged in an on-going assessment of the achievement of expected outcomes. Stemming from the missions of the university and the individual program/department, expected outcomes are defined by faculty/administration in terms of impact on the student learning experience. Results of program assessments are used to guide continuous improvement at the program/department, school/college, and institution levels.
The substantive change process ensures the consistency of the quality of educational programs on and off campus, as well as through distance learning, by ensuring that changes continue to meet the standards of our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Notifications are submitted to SACSCOC prior to implementation, through the Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (PIRA).