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, due in March 2014, was submitted on schedule.

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.
Executive Director
Assessment and Accreditation

The University of Miami is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Miami.

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.

 


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.

  • Program Assessment

    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.

  • Substantive Change

    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).