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SACSCOC: No Negative Findings

Louisiana State University Eunice has learned that the 10-member team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reported no negative findings in their recent visit to campus for the reaffirmation of the campus' accreditation.

The regional body for the accreditation of more than 800 degree-granting higher education institutions in 11 Southern states, SACSCOC accredits LSU Eunice to award associate's degrees.

"We were absolutely thrilled to hear from the On-Site Visitation Committee's report that there were ‘No (negative) Findings,'" said Dr. Paul Fowler, LSU Eunice's Accreditation Liaison.

'No (negative) findings' means that LSU Eunice is in compliance with Commission and Department of Education policies.

The On-Site Committee's report will be forwarded for additional review by the Commission. The formal decision on the reaffirmation will be announced at the Commission's June meeting.

Reaffirmation will continue LSU Eunice's accreditation for a 10-year period. The goal of the regional accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Every 10 years, institutions must undergo a reaffirmation of their accreditation with regard to those standards of quality. The United States Department of Education recognizes SACSCOC accreditation and allows those accredited institutions to participate in the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs administered by the department.

"We believe this outcome clearly demonstrates LSU Eunice faculty and staff's commitment to student learning and academic excellence, because ‘No Findings', as the Chair of the On-Site Committee commented, rarely ever occurs," said Dr. William Nunez, Chancellor of LSU Eunice. "The SACSCOC On-Site Committee was made up of higher education professionals from SACSCOC institutions outside the state of Louisiana."

"We are delighted to have this critical part of the reaffirmation process completed," said Fowler. "It was truly a team effort and everyone should be proud of what was accomplished. Now we await the final word from the Commission in June."

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February 4, 2013