This academic year, Francis Marion University will undergo a review for accreditation conducted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Over the past three years, our faculty, staff, students, and trustees have worked diligently in preparation for this event. The standing committees of the faculty and two ad hoc institutional committees have been involved in the examination and assessment of numerous academic and administrative processes, programs, and procedures. The attached compliance report represents the culmination of this work. We are pleased with the information and data contained herein and confident that it presents a compelling case for the University’s reaccreditation. We are especially proud of the profile that it presents of a dynamic regional university and the successes realized since its founding thirty eight years ago.
This accreditation preparation cycle has also led to the development of FMU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), appropriately titled Expanding Student Horizons through Real World Connections. This plan presents an ambitious, yet achievable, framework for expanding and enhancing student learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom. During this past legislative session, the South Carolina General Assembly committed a recurring appropriation amply sufficient to insure the plan’s implementation well into the future.
Our university and faculty accreditation liaisons, Charlene Wages and Lynn Hanson, and the QEP Committee Chairman, Larry Nelson, have coordinated efforts for the presentation of the Compliance Report and Quality Enhancement Plan to the off-site and on-site review committees. After so much preparation, we are truly eager to begin these review processes.
Luther F. Carter
August 11, 2007