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UK Receives 10-year
Reaffirmation of Accreditation

By Ralph Derickson

 

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Piecoro said the university responded successfully to 30 recommendations from the visiting team. The recommendations addressed the accreditation criteria in areas such as the regular review of the university's mission; distance learning programs; advising and budget planning; documentation of faculty and teaching assistant qualifications; and a variety of policies and practices related to graduate education, student records, information technology, and resource and facilities planning.

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Lexington, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2002) -- The University of Kentucky has received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC).

The commission voted approval of the reaccreditation for UK for the period 2002-2012. The action was taken at the SACS/COC annual meeting Dec. 10 in San Antonio, Texas.

The decennial accreditation follows a two-year UK academic self-study and a site visit by a 26-member SACS accreditation team. The UK self-study was guided by John J. Piecoro Jr., professor of pharmacy practice and science, UK College of Pharmacy.

Piecoro said the university responded successfully to 30 recommendations from the visiting team. The recommendations addressed the accreditation criteria in areas such as the regular review of the university's mission; distance learning programs; advising and budget planning; documentation of faculty and teaching assistant qualifications; and a variety of policies and practices related to graduate education, student records, information technology, and resource and facilities planning.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. appointed a "fix-it" committee on campus to address recommendations raised during the SACS review. "The university's successful response to the recommendations ensures a high level of quality in the delivery of programs and services to students and the citizens of the Commonwealth," Todd said.

UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel expressed appreciation to SACS/COC for the reaffirmation of UK's accreditation. He also thanked everyone who had been involved in the "massive academic self-study at UK that involved thousands of hours of work."

He added, "A periodic review of our academic progress is essential to our progress toward becoming a top-20 university by 2020."


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