Tyler Junior College

Forms and References

SACS Manuals

The three most important SACS publications outlining the philosophies, goals and procedures associated with accreditation and reaffirmation are available online in PDF format or in hard-copy versions. As might be expected, the online versions are the most up to date and in several instances include corrections or clarifications of erroneous or potentially confusing material that is present in the latest hard-copy versions available on the TJC campus. Therefore, you are advised to consult the online versions of these documents rather than relying on hard copies.

  • Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (2010 Edition) is a brief treatise on the principles and philosophy of accreditation in higher education that goes on to succinctly outline the basic requirements and standards for institutions seeking accreditation. It is surprisingly concise for such an important document.
  • Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation is a version of The Principles of Accreditation that includes the rationale underlying many of the principles, questions that institutions ought to consider as they assess themselves in light of these principles, and an explanation of the types of documentation that are most appropriate in supporting their assessments.
  • Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation of Accreditation is the overall guide to understanding the accreditation and reaffirmation process. Although it outlines the various steps and procedures the institution needs to go through in completing the process, it cannot stand on its own. The Handbook makes frequent reference to, and users will need to consult, details and explanations contained only in the Resource Manual cited above.

SACS Forms, Instructions & Guidelines

  • The Faculty Roster Form is a word document for reporting a course-by-course list of all faculty members, the courses they teach, and their academic credentials for teaching each of those courses. To access the Word document, select Faculty Roster Form from the list of Documents, Policies, and Timelines. A complete Faculty Roster of all full-time and part-time faculty must be submitted for at least the three academic terms immediately prior to the submission of the Compliance Certification.
  • Directions for completing the Faculty Roster are contained in this pdf file on the SACS website.
  • Faculty Credentials - Guidelines lists the minimum level of academic credentials that SACS expects faculty members to have based on the degree-level of the courses they teach.

Additional Background and Reference Material

  • Titles of Approved Quality Enhancement Plans from SACS Institutions may be viewed on the SACS website by selecting the desired year from the list .  All QEPs that have been approved by SACS since 2004 are listed, with summaries for the more recent ones.
    • Although there is no single site where all of the QEPs are accessible, many are posted on their home institution's website. You may be able to find some by doing a Google search for the name of the institution along with "SACS" and/or "QEP."
  • Nine Principles to Assess Student Learning (see related downloads): The assessment of student learning begins with educational values. Assessment is not an end in itself but a vehicle for educational improvement. Its effective practice, then, begins with and enacts a vision of the kinds of learning we most value for students and strive to help them achieve.