July 11, 2104/For Immediate Release
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WINSTON-SALEM -- The board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has removed the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) from a public sanction.
The SACSCOC board removed UNCSA from “warning” – which is the lesser of two public sanctions (warning and probation) – and requested no additional information or report at its meeting in June.
“I am pleased to report that we have received the best possible outcome with the board’s decision,” said UNCSA Interim Chancellor James Moeser. “It is gratifying to know that this significant issue has been resolved before I turn over the reins to a new chancellor next week. I must thank the SACS Response Team for their hard work – in particular, Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs David English, who spearheaded the response.
“Now that this challenge is behind us, UNCSA can focus its energies on reaffirmation of its accreditation, as well as its Quality Enhancement Plan to improve student learning,” Moeser concluded.
Last summer, UNCSA was placed on warning for 12 months related to concerns over five of more than 80 standards that must be met for accreditation. The warning was issued following submission of the school’s Fifth-Year Interim Report, which is required between decennial reviews.
In responding to the warning, UNCSA clarified matters related to faculty size, institutional effectiveness, and how the university receives and records student grievances.
At no point did SACS place UNCSA on probation or revoke its accreditation.
UNCSA’s high school program was unaffected and, in fact, received a positive assessment during its last review by the SACS Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI).
“UNCSA welcomes outside assessment because it ensures accountability to the public and strong academic standards,” said UNCSA Provost David Nelson. “The education of our students is and always has been our first priority.”
SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.
UNCSA’s 10-year report is due to SACS in September 2015.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.