November 21, 2008
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SACS 2010: QEP selected
Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a crucial step in the Health Science Center’s journey to the Top 10. According to Warren Anderson, EdD, dean of the School of Health Professions and leader of the UNTHSC’s previous SACS accreditation efforts, reaccreditation will underscore the Health Science Center’s place among top-tier academic institutions and convey its high standards for academic excellence and best practices. Plus, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) portion will help UNTHSC launch new initiatives to improve quality teaching and create better learning opportunities for our students.  The Health Science Center is slated for reaccreditation in 2010.

Preparation for SACS reaccreditation has been underway for several months

On Nov. 5, the QEP Team selected “Technological and Other Educational Advances for Curricula in Health: Development of Technology-Mediated and Competency-Based Instruction with an Emphasis on Critical Thinking” (TEACH-HSC) to be developed into the UNTHSC QEP for submission to SACS. The TEACH-HSC team is lead by Dr. Richard Kurz and includes Daniel Burgard, Robert Wright, Hank Lemke, Robert Woelfel, and Drs. Jerry Alexander, Warren Anderson, Bruce Dubin and Patricia Gwirtz.  For more on the Health Science Center’s QEP and TEACH-HSC, click here.

Also, several faculty and staff have been drafting an initial Compliance Certification Report, which supplies documentation that the Health Science Center meets SACS’s requirements.  For more on the Compliance Certification Report, click here.

The Health Science Center’s SACS reaffirmation efforts are being lead by Doug Mains, DrPH, associate director of the Office of Strategy and Measurement.UNTHSC logo

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