Next week, our reaffirmation of accreditation visiting team will be on campus.
I mentioned SACS in a previous blog post. It’s the peer-driven regional accrediting organization in this part of the country. Every regionally accredited institution undergoes a thorough review every decade and this year is Sweet Briar’s turn.
If you’re going to read any of these, I’d suggest you look at the QEP proposal, which describes an initiative called ‘y1.” Or, better yet, check out the web site dedicated to y1.
Everything SACS looks at is, of course, important. But much of it has to do with issues such as regulatory compliance, assessment, and financial management — topics that are vital but perhaps not exactly inspiring. But y1 IS inspiring, because it speaks directly to our educational excellence and our aspirations for the intellectual experience of our students. Y1 is the kind of program that I, personally, would have found the highlight of my introduction to college, and it appears that the Sweet Briar students with whom we piloted it last fall felt the same way! So, if you want to know why it can be so exciting to be a first year student at Sweet Briar, check out our y1 program, which is intended to extend the best of our first-year experience to more students earlier in their time at Sweet Briar.