Faculty Credentials

A key component of our reaffirmation of accreditation with SACSCOC is demonstrating that our faculty are highly qualified. In the 2018 Principles of Accreditation, Section 6.2 (Faculty) states, "For each of its educational programs, the institution justifies and documents the qualification of its faculty members."

The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. 

For the Commission Guidelines on credentials, click here. These guidelines are summarized further for VSU Department Heads and Deans.

All syllabi are required to contain student learning outcomes. Core and undergraduate course syllabi must list the appropriate VSU General Education student learning outcomes as well as the relevant student learning outcomes for the major. Graduate course syllabi must list the relevant student learning outcomes for the graduate program of which they are a part.

Helpful Links

Success Portal (for adding course syllabi)

Uploading Course Syllabi for Faculty (PDF)

Creating Syllabi (a clear list of what every syllabus should contain)

Faculty Credential Justification Exceptions (for department heads to complete and route) (PDF)