Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Self-Study Records, 1961-1992 *JMU Records*
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Self-Study Records, 1961-1992
Collection No.: UA 0043
Creator: Madison College; James Madison University
Extent: 2 boxes; .66 cubic feet
Abstract: The SACS Institutional Self-Study Records contain documents related to James Madison University's accreditation process, administered by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, from 1961-1992.
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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Self-Study Records, UA 0043, 1961-1992, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Acquisition Information: Self-Study Reports from 1961 and 1981 were present in the cage at the time of founding.
Processing Information: Self-Study documents were minimally processed in 1992, and assigned Collection Number SE 92-0929, Department and Committee Self-Study Reports, 1961-2007.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), now the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is a regional accreditation agency for degree-granting higher education institutions. JMU was issued its first "institutional report card" by SACS in 1927, and continues to require SACSCOC accreditation in order to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. SACSCOC requires that academic institutions renew or reaffirm their accreditation every ten years. As part of the reaffirmation process, JMU undertakes a comprehensive self-study that demonstrates that the university is in compliance with the SACSCOC criteria for accreditation, evaluates all aspects of the university, and recommends a future course of action. The university submits a "Fifth Year Interim Report" in between self-study reports.
Scope and Content:
The SACS Institutional Self-Study Records contain documents related to the accreditation process administered by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, from 1961-1992. Topics of the self-study evaluation include educational programs, faculty and educational support services, administrative processes, financial resources, and institutional policies, among other topics.
The majority of the reports were prepared for the 1961 Self-Study, submitted during the tenure of President G. Tyler Miller. The 1961 departmental and committee reports cover topics such as university and departmental objectives, faculty and staff listings, details of the facilities and departmental resources, course offerings, and program evaluations. These reports form the basis of the final report, the "Summary Report of the Self-Evaluation Study, 1961" (1:1), submitted to the SACS evaluating body. The collection also contains SACS manuals and responses to recommendations made to by the SACS reaffirmation committee.
Collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically.
"James Madison University SACSCOC Accreditation." James Madison University. http://www.jmu.edu/sacscoc/.
(Accessed May 7, 2018).
"Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and School Commission on Colleges."
http://www.sacscoc.org/. (Accessed May 7, 2018).
The finalized SACS Institutional Self-Study Reports from 1961 – 2002 are bound and available in Special Collections.
In 2018, five Affirmative Action reports were transferred to UA 0005, Office of Affirmative Action Records, 1977-1988, and four Academic Program Review documents were transferred to UA 0002, Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews (APR), 1976-present (bulk 1992-present).
Box : Folder
|Summary Report of the Self-Evaluation Study, 1961||
|Committee Report: Educational Program of Madison College, 1961||
|Committee Report: Faculty, 1961||
|Committee Report: Finance and the Utilization of our Physical Plant, 1961||
|Committee Report: Library, 1961||
|Committee Report: Organization, 1961||
|Committee Report: Purposes, 1961||
|Committee Report: Special Activities, 1961||
|Committee Report: Student Personnel, 1961||
|Department Report: Art, 1961||
|Department Report: Biology, 1961||
|Department Report: Business and Business Education, 1961||
|Department Report: Chemistry, 1961||
|Department Report: Education and Psychology, 1961||
|Department Report: English Language, Literature and Speech, 1961||
|Department Report: Foreign Languages, 1961||
|Department Report: Geology, 1961||
|Department Report: Graduate Program, 1961||
|Department Report: Health and Physical Education, 1961||
|Department Report: Home Economics, 1961||
|Department Report: Library Science, 1961||
|Department Report: Mathematics, 1961||
|Department Report: Music, 1961||
|Department Report: Physics, 1961||
|Department Report: Social Science and History, 1961||
|Southern Association of Colleges Self-Evaluation Manual, 1981||
|SACS Institutional Self-Study Manual, 1991||
|College and Departmental Summaries, 1991||
|SACS: Report of the Reaffirmation Committee, 1992||
|Responses to the Recommendation of the SACS Reaffirmation Committee, 1992||
Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, May 2018