Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Self-Study Records, 1961-1992 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Madison College
Creator:
James Madison University
Title:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Self-Study Records
Collection No.:
UA 0043
Date:
1961-1992
Extent:
2 boxes, .66 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
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.

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.

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Administrative History

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.

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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.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

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.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

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).

Related Materials

The finalized SACS Institutional Self-Study Reports from 1961 – 2002 are bound and available in Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Administrative reports
  • Handbooks and manuals
  • Questionnaires

Subject

  • James Madison University
  • Madison College
  • Education, Higher -- Evaluation
  • Education, Higher -- United States -- Planning
  • Universities and colleges -- Evaluation
  • Universities and colleges -- Planning

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Bibliography

"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).

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Summary Report of the Self-Evaluation Study, 1961 box 1 folder 1
Committee Report: Educational Program of Madison College, 1961 box 1 folder 2
Committee Report: Faculty, 1961 box 1 folder 3
Committee Report: Finance and the Utilization of our Physical Plant, 1961 box 1 folder 4
Committee Report: Library, 1961 box 1 folder 5
Committee Report: Organization, 1961 box 1 folder 6
Committee Report: Purposes, 1961 box 1 folder 7
Committee Report: Special Activities, 1961 box 1 folder 8
Committee Report: Student Personnel, 1961 box 1 folder 9
Department Report: Art, 1961 box 1 folder 10
Department Report: Biology, 1961 box 1 folder 11
Department Report: Business and Business Education, 1961 box 1 folder 12
Department Report: Chemistry, 1961 box 1 folder 13
Department Report: Education and Psychology, 1961 box 2 folder 1
Department Report: English Language, Literature and Speech, 1961 box 2 folder 2
Department Report: Foreign Languages, 1961 box 2 folder 3
Department Report: Geology, 1961 box 2 folder 4
Department Report: Graduate Program, 1961 box 2 folder 5
Department Report: Health and Physical Education, 1961 box 2 folder 6
Department Report: Home Economics, 1961 box 2 folder 7
Department Report: Library Science, 1961 box 2 folder 8
Department Report: Mathematics, 1961 box 2 folder 9
Department Report: Music, 1961 box 2 folder 10
Department Report: Physics, 1961 box 2 folder 11
Department Report: Social Science and History, 1961 box 2 folder 12
Southern Association of Colleges Self-Evaluation Manual, 1981 box 2 folder 13
SACS Institutional Self-Study Manual, 1991 box 2 folder 14
College and Departmental Summaries, 1991 box 2 folder 15
SACS: Report of the Reaffirmation Committee, 1992 box 2 folder 16
Responses to the Recommendation of the SACS Reaffirmation Committee, 1992 box 2 folder 17