December 8, 2009 Contact: Clif Lusk or Tom Davis
For immediate release 334-670-3196

Troy University receives good news on academic accreditation

TROY—Troy University officials learned today that the University has received reaffirmation of academic accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.

The announcement was made this morning at the 114th annual meeting of the accrediting agency held in Atlanta. Troy University was accredited initially by SACS in 1934.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said the reaffirmation of academic accreditation validates the work of the faculty and staff. Most important, the Chancellor said, this action by the Commission on Colleges is the “final piece of the puzzle” of the unification of the University, a process that began almost a decade ago. For the first time in more than 30 years, all Troy University campuses and locations are now under one academic accreditation by SACS.

“In effect three independently accredited universities within the then-Troy State University System—each with a separate administration and curriculum—were unified into one Troy University,” Chancellor Hawkins explained. “This was an unprecedented re-invention of a University and a dramatic example of stewardship and student service.”

Dr. Hawkins said this re-invention of Troy University will save Alabama taxpayers $16 million over a decade. He added, however, the most important dimension of this move, is the establishment of one curriculum which will allow the student an opportunity to enroll with Troy University in one part of the world, finish in another and earn a Troy University degree without the loss of academic credit.

The announcement is the culmination of a process of self-examination and peer review that involved more than 350 faculty and staff members of Troy University. Beginning in January, visiting teams composed of administrators and faculty members from other universities visited all Troy University campuses in Alabama and selected TROY locations worldwide.

“I believe in the accreditation process and Troy University is a better institution because of SACS,” Dr. Hawkins said. “But a process is only as good as your people and we have an outstanding team at Troy University. This news today reflects the hard work and dedication of many throughout the University.”