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.

VSU uses a system called APL nextED, to record course syllabi, faculty educational credentials, and faculty activity (teaching, service, and research). Every term that a faculty member teaches, s/he will need to upload course syllabi and qualifications for teaching the courses assigned. Faculty can update their scholarly activities and additional professional experiences at any time.

To log in to APL, bookmark and access http://app.aplnexted.com/login/valdosta using your Active Directory login name and password. Directions for entering degree information, uploading syllabi, and updating your faculty profile are available through the links below.

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

APL nextED Portal (for entering faculty credentials and course syllabi)

SACSCOC Guidelines for Faculty Credentials

Step-by-Step Guides and Instructions

For All Users
Introduction to APL nextED's menus and features (PDF)
Digital Measures to APL Menu Crosswalk (PDF)
For Faculty
Entering academic credentials/degrees (PDF)
Entering scholarship and service activities (PDF)
Entering goals, reflections, and peer reviews (PDF)
Uploading Course Syllabi for Faculty (PDF)
Creating Syllabi (a clear list of what every syllabus should contain)
Entering library activities (for Faculty Librarians) (PDF)
Coming soon...Exporting the Graduate Faculty Status Application (PDF)

Faculty Guide to Completing the Annual Faculty Activity Report and Action Plan in APL (PDF)

  • Includes supplemental questions for Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Heads
  • Includes a crosswalk to help you map APL menus to specific questions in the Annual Report
Part-time Instructor Guide to Completing the Annual Faculty Activity Report and Action Plan in APL (PDF)
Coming soon...Exporting a summary sheet for Pre-Tenure, Post-Tenure, Promotion and/or Tenure (PDF)
For Academic Administrators
Entering course reassignments (for Department Heads and Associate Deans) (PDF)
Uploading Course Syllabi for Other Users (PDF)
Uploading Documents for Other Users (PDF)
Faculty Credential Justification Exceptions (for department heads to complete and route)
Setting Faculty Attributes (PDF)
Search for a Syllabus (PDF)
Exporting Reports (PDF)
Searching APL (PDF)
Coming soon...Department Head and Dean Guide to Completing the Annual Faculty Evaluation (PDF)

Face-to-Face Training Courses

Face-to-face training classes are not offered in Fall 2020, but live training will be delivered through Collaborate Ultra. Register through Employee and Organizational Development's Training system.

APL Live Training Classes:

  • August 11, 2020           2:30-3:30pm, Collaborate Ultra, Register or email apl [at] valdosta.edu ahead of time for link
  • September 10, 2020      2:30-3:30pm, Collaborate Ultra, Register or email apl [at] valdosta.edu ahead of time for link
  • October 21, 2020          2:30-3:30pm, Collaborate Ultra, Register or email apl [at] valdosta.edu ahead of time for link
  • November 16, 2020       2:30-3:30pm, Collaborate Ultra, Register or email apl [at] valdosta.edu ahead of time for link

Pre-Recorded Training

  • Webinars from April 2020 are available. Email apl [at] valdosta.edu and we will email you the link to view it.
  • More videos coming soon.

If you cannot access the videos or training materials, email us at apl [at] valdosta.edu and we will be glad to provide them to you in another format.