Xavier University of Louisiana is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Xavier University of Louisiana.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation encourages public confidence in higher education; it is pivotal in keeping institutions up to date in matters of institutional effectiveness and best practices. It also allows colleges and universities to be certain that accredited institutions have complied with a common set of requirements and standards. In short, accreditation from SACS-COC means that Xavier students are eligible for federal financial aid; their course credits can be accepted for transfer at other institutions; and the degrees Xavier awarded are recognized as valid.
Every ten years, Xavier undergoes reaffirmation of its accreditation. To maintain accreditation with the COC, Xavier must comply with the standards contained in the 2008 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the COC on faculty and staff qualifications, facilities management, distance learning, financial stability, student support, and many other issues. The Principles serve as consistent guidelines for peer review, representing the collective judgment of the membership on standards appropriate for the assurance of quality in higher education.
Reaffirmation is a vigorous, intensive process of self-examination and documentation we not only have to state that we comply with the standards, but we also have to prove how we do it. So while SACS will make its final decision regarding Xavier's reaffirmation in 2010, the preparations for that decision began in 2007, with the selection of the Compliance Audit Committee and the accreditation liaison, the organization of the SACS Leadership Team, and a pre-audit of Xavier's current state of readiness. The reaffirmation process will build in intensity up to the submission of our Compliance Certification in September, 2009, followed by the submission of our Quality Enhancement Plan in February, 2010 and the visit of the SACS On-Site Review Team to the campus in April, 2010.
Xavier University of Louisiana will provide the Quality Enhancement Plan and the Compliance Certification to teams of peer reviewers from SACS institutions. They will use this information and the results of an on-site review in the spring of 2010 to determine whether to reaffirm Xavier's accreditation for the next ten years.