Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS accreditation permits faculty to compete for federally funded research grants and for students to have access to federally subsidized financial aid. It also means that other institutions recognize CBU courses.
While reaffirmation occurs every 10 years — CBU was reaffirmed most recently in 2011 — the accreditation process is an ongoing one and involves two major tasks:
- Documentation that CBU is in compliance with the Core Requirements, the Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements.
- Development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): a course of action for enhancing educational quality.
CBU's current certification report and the first complete draft of its QEP were completed in the fall of 2010. A review team visited the campus on March 28-30, 2011.
After a series of meetings involving various stakeholders at CBU, Dr. Frank Buscher, the then-Vice President for Academics, in consultation with Dr. Scott Geis, the QEP director, chose academic advising as CBU's topic for its quality enhancement plan. The President and the Faculty Assembly endorsed this choice.
CBU submitted its QEP impact report as part of its Fifth-Year Interim Report in March 2016, and was notified in July 2016 that the report was accepted by the Commission on Colleges.
The purposes of these pages about SACS reaffirmation are to:
- Identify and outline the steps in the reaffirmation process
- Provide a centralized location of important information related to reaffirmation
- Keep CBU faculty, staff and students informed about the reaffirmation process
- Encourage faculty and staff to contribute to the reaffirmation process by providing feedback
Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane; Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the Bachelor's Degree and the Master's Degree. The three-fold purpose for publishing the Commission's address and contact number is to enable interested constituents (1) to learn about the accreditation status of Christian Brothers University, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of Christian Brothers University's decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against Christian Brothers University for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Christian Brothers University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Christian Brothers University and not to the Commission's office.