Posted by Jean Gordon Cook, 601-979-1571 (direct)
(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University faculty, staff and students celebrated the news Tuesday that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed JSU’s accreditation for 10 years. The association, which is known as SACS, is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. JSU’s reaffirmation followed a thorough evaluation of the university’s academic quality.
“Jackson State University has long established itself as an institution that prides itself in preparing its students for the careers that they want and that the world needs,” said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. “This reaffirmation acknowledges the hard work Jacksonians do every day to remain on the cutting edge and to push us into the future.”
Part of the reaffirmation process included an evaluation of JSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, which SACS requires of institutions so that they make continuous improvements to their educational programs. JSU’s QEP includes a university-wide curriculum-enhancement program that teaches analytical reasoning through exploration of world issues.
The SACS reaffirmation process required two years of preparation with input from the entire Jackson State community of administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni.
“I especially extend a heartfelt thank you to the leaders of our SACS reaccreditation team Dr. Nicole Evans, the SACS director and associate vice president for institutional research and planning, and Dr. Robert Blaine, the QEP director and professor of music, for their hard work,” Meyers said. “I’ve again been made proud to be a Jacksonian.”
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About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives
Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.