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March 5, 2010

SACS Commission notifies ULM of full reaccreditation status

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recently notified the University of Louisiana at Monroe of its reaffirmation for full accreditation status. The reaffirmation takes place every 10 years for SACS-member schools.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of the reaccreditation process and the outstanding review we received," said Dr. James E. Cofer, president of ULM. "We are grateful for the hard work of our staff and faculty throughout this process. Reaccreditation is only made possible through the efforts of the entire university accreditation team.”

The Commission is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in 11 Southern states. The Commission seeks to enhance educational quality throughout the region by ensuring standards established by the higher education community address the needs of society and students.

Accreditation signifies the member institution has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish that purpose on a continuing basis.

The reaffirmation process is lengthy and is significant because accreditation is based upon a peer review process and is a form of self-regulation, according to Dr. Eric Pani, associate provost and academic liaison to SACS.

“What makes it significant is that accreditation is fundamentally a process of continual self-assessment and improvement in fulfilling our educational mission,” he said. “This reaffirmation demonstrates to our peer institutions the high standards demanded by SACS, and speaks to the quality of both our staff and faculty."

A copy of the report is available at

About ULM:

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a selective admissions, state-funded institution of higher education which offers exceptional undergraduate and graduate academic curriculum to meet the academic, cultural, career, social, and personal needs of our students.

Located in northeast Louisiana — a region with a population of approximately 250,000 — ULM’s main campus covers 238 acres consisting of 58 buildings which serve academic, student, administrative and athletics' needs. Off-campus facilities include a working farm and the College of Pharmacy, located less than 5 minutes away. Beautiful Bayou DeSiard flows through the campus, providing a tranquil setting.

With an annual enrollment of over 9,000 students, ULM students are among the best in the nation — from all across Louisiana, 43 states, and 49 foreign countries. ULM has more than 57,000 alumni.

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