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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 12/08/2009
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez ( suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu )
PHONE: (806) 743-2143

TTUHSC Receives SACS Accreditation Reaffirmation

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has reaffirmed Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s (TTUHSC) accreditation. The Commission notified TTUHSC of its action at the Commission's December 2009 meeting.

During the May visit, the site team accepted TTUHSC’s compliance documentation with no recommendations for the institution. Elmo Cavin, interim president of TTUHSC, said this process gives the institution the opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments and future direction.

“Our reaffirmation is the result of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, administration and students, and would not have been possible without each group's unique contribution,” Cavin said. “Our institution has met the standards of quality and effectiveness and we are proud of these accomplishments.”

The university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Interprofessional Teamwork, also was accepted with few recommendations for improvement. The QEP is a component of SACS’ accreditation process, and enables universities to enhance overall quality and effectiveness by focusing on issues important to improving student learning.

Rial Rolfe, Ph.D., senior vice president for Academic Affairs at TTUHSC, said Interprofessional Teamwork promotes interaction among doctors, nurses, researchers, allied health workers and pharmacists to provide quality, individualized care for patients.

“Numerous studies have shown that optimal patient care requires the active participation of all healthcare professionals. TTUHSC's Quality Enhancement Plan, Interprofessional Teamwork, will provide all our students with the knowledge and skills needed to function in an efficient and successful healthcare team, resulting in the very best care for their patients,” Rolfe said.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance added, “I am very proud of our people at TTUHSC and the outstanding job they do."

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

TTUHSC’s next regularly scheduled SACS visit will be in 2019.

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