The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Accreditation Q&A

Chancellor Bill Stacy Address Questions of Accreditation

"I want to dispel any confusion caused by recent news coverage on two points. First, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited, and second, the campus is not losing its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools," says Bill Stacy, UTC Chancellor. "UTC is accredited and always will be accredited."

Questions of the University’s accreditation arose from an announcement by the SACS Commission on Colleges, which released the names of colleges across the South and criteria to be addressed for continued accreditation. UTC was warned to provide better documentation of academic personnel files and of off-campus course offerings.

When a SACS team visited the campus in February 2001 for a 10-year renewal accreditation, UTC was awarded a rare commendation by the committee in recognition of its strong relationship with the Chattanooga community and how it benefits student learning through experiential learning opportunities and research initiatives.

In no way has the quality of a UTC education been brought into question. All eligible programs and departments have earned accreditation by agencies in their disciplines, and every UTC degree program has been evaluated successfully by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s program review process.

"To prepare for our SACS team visit, our faculty and staff conducted a self-study that revealed some areas that we want to work on, and we shared that information with SACS," said Stacy. "We are never satisfied that everything is perfect, and this campus will continue its efforts toward increasing quality and access.

"We appreciate the input of our SACS accreditation team and we are addressing the issues that they have brought before us. We recognize the value of SACS accreditation for our students and for our campus, and the faculty and staff are committed to retaining our sound status."