The following standards have been extracted for purposes of inquiry into university infrastructures, which often affect campus climates and achievement of diversity-related accreditation criteria. The information extracted was carefully considered in terms of meeting accountability, resource allocation and impact on community behaviors and perceptions of campus success.

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The Principles of Accreditation

SECTION 1: The Principle of Integrity
1.1 The institution operates with integrity in all matters. (Integrity) (Note: This principle is not addressed by the institution in its Compliance Certification.)

SECTION 2: Core Requirements
2.3 The institution has a chief executive officer whose primary responsibility is to the institution and who is not the presiding officer of the board. (See Commission policy “Core Requirement 2.3: Documenting an Alternate Approach.”) (Chief executive officer) Conflicting views: Institution vs Board

2.8 The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of each of its academic programs. Upon application for candidacy, an applicant institution demonstrates that it meets the comprehensive standard for faculty qualifications. (Faculty)

2.10 The institution provides student support programs, services, and activities consistent with its mission that are intended to promote student learning and enhance the development of its students. (Student support services)

SECTION 3: Comprehensive Standards
3.7.2 The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status. (Faculty evaluation)

3.9 Student Affairs and Services

3.9.1 The institution publishes a clear and appropriate statement of student rights and responsibilities and disseminates the statement to the campus community. (Student rights)

3.9.3 The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff — with appropriate education or experience in the student affairs area — to accomplish the mission of the institution. (Qualified staff) Effectiveness

3.11 Physical Resources

3.11.2 The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. (Institutional environment)

For more information, visit: http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/2012PrinciplesOfAcreditation.pdf