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Director of Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation

South University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Institutional Research & Planning, Other Academic Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 What's next for you is the first priority for us! With over 45 programs from associate to doctoral degrees, South University is a private institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities that spark the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population.

Our 120-year story—past, present and future—is a history formed by the many individuals who have developed the education and spirit of community that have become our pledge to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of South University. Online and at our 8 locations and 2 learning sites, we take pride in our welcoming environment; one-on-one support and personalized attention that helps students define goals and identify the means to pursue them. Our small classes feature hands-on experiences that not only shape students' skills and excellence in their chosen fields but also shape their characters through encouraging community involvement, volunteerism and the pursuit of life-long learning.

Visit today to learn more about what makes us stand apart as a place to Belong, Believe and Become, a place where you can make a difference in the lives of students eager to learn and grow.

South University, the right direction for a brighter future.






Tuition Assistant Program

Long/Short Term Disability

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

401K Match

Generous Paid Time Off

12 Paid Holidays

* includes domestic partner coverage


The Director of Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation is responsible for directing the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to enhance institutional effectiveness and ensure compliance with all accreditation guidelines. This position is responsible to manage various compliance-related projects for the University.

The Director of Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation will support the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost in maintaining compliance with the University's regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Director of Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation will monitor compliance with all Higher Education Act regulations and coordinate projects with responsible parties. The director will assist with State Authorization related applications and procedures.


  • Responsible for monitoring the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) compliance guidelines and educating college faculty and staff regarding compliance issues.
  • Serve as South's SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison and ensures university remains aware and up to date on all compliance related issues.
  • Work with Provost, Deans, on drafting and monitoring policies and procedures that align with accreditation standards.
  • Supervise and manage the preparation and distribution of reports to meet local, state, regional and national requirements as well as ensuring SACCOCs compliance
  • Coordinate all related committees of faculty, administration, and staff to address issues of SACSCOC reaffirmation and compliance issues
  • Facilitate and support programmatic accreditation including the pursuit of initial programmatic accreditation.
  • Spearhead all institutional accreditation activities (report writing, record keeping, communication with SACSCOC).
  • Assist and support Colleges, Schools, and Programs with discipline specific accreditation.
  • Serve as the primary reader within the Office of the Provost of discipline specific accreditation reports before they are submitted.
  • Provide Provost with a summary report of each accreditation submission
  • Provide administrative oversight of institutional accreditation databases (e.g. TaskStream, LiveText, etc.).
  • Serve on Provost Council, and other committee councils as directed by the Provost.
  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with other University units (e.g. Office of Institutional Research, Office of the Registrar, Admissions & Recruitment, Office of Financial Aid) that provide data relevant to compliance with federal regulations, as reflected through accrediting body standards or directly by federal regulatory bodies.
  • Institutional Resource: Act as a resource person and recommend solutions to specific problems for administrators and university offices across the campus.
  • Accreditation Support: Develop various means for monitoring compliance with SACS-COC standards. Examples include: monitoring the percentage of courses taught face to face at off-campus instructional sites, evaluating new programs for alignment with the substantive change policy, or conducting routine audits of various institutional policies that are in place to maintain SACSCOC compliance.

  • Master's degree required from a regionally accredited college or university with emphasis in areas of regulatory compliance, planning, management, research, records management, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience required in higher education, including experience with accrediting agencies and instructional programs
  • Expertise in programmatic and institutional accreditation.
  • Experience engaging, managing, and working with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or other national accrediting agencies.
  • Experience in State and Federal postsecondary education accountability initiatives and trends.
  • Knowledge of regional, national, and specialized postsecondary accreditation standards, practices, and goals.
  • Knowledge of institutional self-assessments and student outcomes assessment principles, methods and techniques.
  • Experience in integrated program planning, development, and administration within an academic environment.
  • Experience with University data systems, definitions, and procedures.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse members of the university community including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and accreditors.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with others, particularly interacting with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Technical leadership and supervisory skills, and the ability to motivate staff productivity and performance.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Ability for effective organizational skills and ability to connect to the institutional strategy while displaying attention to detail.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and prepare and present reports effectively.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.

The individual must be able to travel out of the local area occasionally on an overnight basis as required to participate in a variety of conferences and meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email, video conference, and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.

South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

Other details Job Family All Positions Pay Type Salary Travel Required Yes Travel % 25 Telecommute % 100 Required Education Master's Degree
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