Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirms Christopher Newport Accreditation

Independent assessment certifies CNU complies with rigorous standards.

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On Tuesday, December 5, Christopher Newport's accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), reaffirmed the University’s accreditation.

The decision by the accrediting agency is an independent assessment that certifies Christopher Newport’s substantial compliance with a wide-ranging set of requirements that signifies the University meets rigorous standards.

"The faculty and staff of Christopher Newport University are the very best. They bring their talents, passion, and commitment to student learning and achievement to our campus every single day," stated President Paul Trible. "I am pleased that SACSCOC recognizes our commitment to provide students with a rich and rigorous educational experience."

In addition to reaffirmation of accreditation, SACSCOC also officially accepted Christopher Newport’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Research LENS. Part of the reaffirmation process requires a university to showcase its continued commitment to quality enhancement through the development of a plan that addresses a well-defined topic related to enhancing student learning and/or the learning environment. Research LENS is a new initiative developed by students, faculty and staff that combines a number of initiatives across campus that showcases Christopher Newport’s commitment to undergraduate research.

The official letter from SACSCOC making the reaffirmation official is expected in early January 2018.

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