Officials with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) announced Monday that the college has been granted separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
In addition, the SACSCOC visiting team commended TTUHSC El Paso for its “culture of excellence.”
Independent accreditation by SACSCOC is a milestone in TTUHSC El Paso’s history. Formerly, TTUHSC El Paso was covered as an affiliate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.
“Receiving commendation from SACSCOC speaks not only to the rigor of our programs, caliber of our resources, and strength of our organization, but also to the excellence of our people,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We could not have done this without our tremendous students, faculty and staff.”
As the accrediting body for institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S., SACSCOC affirms that its accredited institutions have “a purpose appropriate to higher education and… resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to setting high standards for programs of higher education—which determines eligibility for Title IV, or federal financial aid funds—the commission also works to influence legislation that impacts the work of its member institutions.
“SACSCOC accreditation empowers TTUHSC El Paso to continue to focus its efforts on the Paso del Norte region, with essential health care preparation programs in medicine, nursing, graduate biomedical sciences and dental education. These programs and their graduates have an unparalleled and positive impact on the health and future of our region,” said Valerie Paton, Ph.D., TTUHSC El Paso senior vice provost.
As part of the SACSCOC accreditation process, institutions must prepare a self-assessment addressing more than 60 standards. These standards cover the institutional mission, governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, student support services, and physical and financial resources, among others.
TTUHSC El Paso’s SACSCOC accreditation is effective June 14, 2018.
For more information on the accreditation and the honor, visit the SACSCOC website.