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Southern University’s accreditation reaffirmed by SACSCOC

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges recently reaffirmed accreditation for Southern University and A&M College for the next 10 years. The accrediting body announced the decision at its annual meeting on Dec. 8.


“As you are aware, this decennial review provides for the continual accreditation of SUBR for the next 10 years and speaks to the diligence of many who comprise the Southern University higher education community," said Ray L. Belton, chancellor of Southern University Baton Rouge and president of the Southern University System, in a statement to stakeholders. "It is keeping with this affirmation of our institution that I take this opportunity to acknowledge you for your support and the contributions you individually invested in achieving this feat. Southern University has truly benefitted from your service, therein, please accept this statement of gratitude for your unselfish commitment."


As part of the reaffirmation process, institutions must submit a compliance report and quality enhancement plan (QEP) for student learning. Southern’s plan, “JAGS: Journey to Achieve Greater Success,” focuses on improving retention of students through intervention during the first-year experience of undergraduate students. The plan incorporates planned curriculum revisions in gateway courses in three select disciplines and a more coordinated academic enrichment effort in support of first-year students.


“The QEP activities are in line with the Southern University and A&M College Strategic Plan, IMAGINE 20K: 2018 – 2030, and reinforces our commitment to providing a high-quality academic experience for all students so that they can succeed,” Belton said.


Southern University Baton Rouge, the flagship of the Southern University System — the only system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation — is up for its next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2030.