Radford University has successfully completed its accreditation process and has earned a 10-year reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) with no follow-up reports.

Reaffirmation announcement - Dec. 18, 2023

The reaffirmation process included a year-and-a-half of planning prior to a visit from the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee in March of 2023. Over a two-day period on March 26th and 27th, the committee met with over 50 students, faculty, staff, administrators and Board of Visitors members, and reviewed evidence. During the interviews, they investigated policies, finances, faculty qualifications, distance education, general education, evaluation of faculty and administration, assessment, and the Realizing Inclusive Student Excellence (RISE) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In addition to spending two full days on the main campus, committee members visited three sites: Radford University Carilion (RUC), the Roanoke Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. 

The RISE QEP, approved in March by the reaffirmation committee, was implemented at the start of fall 2023. The topic which inspired the QEP, “Belonging and Student success in required 100 and 200 level courses,” sought to close equity gaps in student performance in foundational courses. RISE will enhance student learning and success through faculty development and fostering student-faculty relationships. Each academic college and RUC will have a RISE Community Action Team (R-CATs) consisting of students, faculty, and staff who will examine college-level data and create outreach events to build community and belonging within their units.

Radford will undergo an interim review and submit a QEP impact report to SACSCOC in September of 2028. The university’s next reaffirmation of accreditation takes place in 2033.