Message from President Gregory L. Fenves:
The University of Texas at Austin continues its commitment to innovating excellence in education, research, and public service. To that end, we affirm the importance of our institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which signals that the university dedicates sufficient resources, programs and services to accomplish our mission.
On a daily basis, students, faculty and staff focus on individual and departmental learning. The accreditation process offers an opportunity to inquire collectively into the entire institution. It asks us to evaluate what we do well, what we could do better and how to respond to our findings with actions that support our goal to be a university of the first class.
Through accreditation, we can ensure that our results are effective and that our methods are efficient.
Besides providing a framework for analyzing our practices, SACSCOC accreditation also entitles the university to receive federal funds, including research grants, scholarships and loans. Upholding and documenting the SACSCOC quality standards provides an additional opportunity to reinforce the purpose and reputation of UT Austin.
I offer my steadfast support to the dedicated, thoughtful staff and faculty working on this most important endeavor. I thank the many people who are collecting and studying organizational data and making decisions about improvements. I am confident that the process will strengthen the institution and make visible the remarkable value of a public research university such as ours.
Gregory L. Fenves, President
The University of Texas at Austin