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Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment:About SACSCOC Reaffirmation

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ODU's Reaffirmation Process


Reaffirmation of accreditation occurs every 10 years and is an opportunity for Old Dominion University (ODU) to evaluate its programs and services. The University's next reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) will take place in 2023. This process is also known as The Decennial.


Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution has met 73 standards and 17 core requirements including:


  1. A mission appropriate to higher education needs.

  2. Supplies resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain The University's mission.

  3. Maintain specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, as well as indicating whether it's successful in achieving stated objectives.

  4. Has a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on enhancing student learning.




2023 SACSCOC Reaffirmation Timeline


Select Audit Committees & Conduct Compliance Audit.

Start Process

Compliance Report due September 2022.

Submit Off-site Report

Finalize QEP & Off-site Report.

Add'l Follow Up

SACSCOC On-site Visit.

April 2023

Board of Trustees Vote December 2023.

Decision Day
  • Start Process

    Select Audit Committees & Conduct Compliance Audit.

  • Submit Off-site Report

    Compliance Report due September 2022.

  • Add'l Follow Up

    Finalize QEP & Off-site Report.

  • April 2023

    SACSCOC On-site Visit.

  • Decision Day

    Board of Trustees Vote December 2023.




Meet the Executive Advisory Council for Accreditation Excellence


The Executive Advisory Council for Accreditation Excellence oversees the reaffirmation process and guides the leadership team and subcommittees' work. The members of the advisory committee include institutional leadership, SACSCOC liaison, and faculty leads.


  • Austin Agho - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Greg DuBois - Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Brian Payne - Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Jing He - Computer Science, College of Sciences
  • Lea Lee - Teaching & Learning, College of Education and Professional Studies
  • Sam Brown - School of Public Service, Strome College of Business
  • Pilar Pazos-Lago - Engineering Management & Systems Engineering,
  • Mona Danner - Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Janice Hawkins - Nursing, College of Health Sciences
  • Nina Brown - Counseling & Human Services
  • David Shirley - Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment
  • Johnny Young - Associate Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services
  • Ariana Wright - Director for Equity in Department of Human Resources
  • Karen Eck - Associate Vice President in Office of Research
  • Karen Vaughn - University Libraries
  • Bryan Porter - Associate Dean for The Graduate School
  • Orlando Ayala - Faculty Lead for Compliance Audit, Engineering Technology
  • Yvette Pearson - Faculty Lead for Quality Enhancement Plan, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Remica Bingham-Risher - Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives




Leadership & Guidance Team


The Leadership and Guidance Team directly manages the SACSCOC reaffirmation process. The members of this group provide resources and guidance to the committees responsible for preparing the Compliance Audit report and serves as the liaison between the Compliance Audit Team and the Executive Advisory Council.



Brian Payne

Brian Payne

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Remica Bingham-Risher

Remica Bingham-Risher

Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives

David Shirley

David Shirley

Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment


Orlando Ayala

Orlando Ayala

Faculty Lead for Compliance Audit, Engineering Technology

Yvette Pearson

Yvette Pearson

Faculty Lead for Quality Enhancement Plan, Philosophy and Religious Studies



Additional SACSCOC Resources


SACSCOC Website
The Principles of Accreditation