Accreditation in Action: Inside a Site Visit


Beth Newman Wynn, Mississippi State U.

More than a dozen administrators at Mississippi State U. (above) served on the leadership team for its on-site accreditation review 
with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this month, and many more officials, professors, and students took part.

The stately wood-paneled walls of the John Grisham Room in the library at Mississippi State University give it a formal air. At 8:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, a small band of academic professionals entered the room to begin a serious job. During the course of just three days, the group of seven men and two women would seek the information and impressions they needed to help determine the accreditation status of this land-grant university, which enrolls about 20,000 students.

The visit