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Message from President Sloan and Interim President-Elect Underwood

May 6, 2005

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

One of the most important tasks before Baylor University in the coming two years is its effort to earn reaffirmation of accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

A Baylor task force has been engaged in this process since last fall. Already, 170 academic assessment plans from faculty members and/or department chairs and more than 50 assessment plans from administrative heads have been submitted for initial review. Rigorous requirements and deadlines will continue until the decision on Baylor's reaffirmation is announced by the Commission in December 2007.

Reaffirmation is critical to Baylor's ability to function as a private institution of higher education. While we are among the finest universities in the world, no university can afford to take reaffirmation or the reaffirmation process for granted. The process has changed significantly since the last self-study in 1996. We must approach this SACS process openly, honestly and with fresh enthusiasm. Our desire to be open and honest is reaffirmed by SACS expectations. A SACS Commission on Colleges Policy Statement on Integrity and Accuracy in Institutional Representation states that "[i]nstitutional integrity serves as the foundation of the relationship between the Commission on Colleges and its member and candidate institutions."

We encourage full participation and cooperation from faculty and staff in the coming two years. In addition to committees already functioning, there will be many additional opportunities for your input. In the coming week, you will receive an e-newsletter from the Baylor SACS Task Force, the first of several that will be sent to you in the coming months. Please read it carefully and take advantage of these opportunities to familiarize and acquaint yourselves with the language, process, requirements, expectations and deadlines.

Let us all work together diligently in one accord to affirm our success as one of the finest universities in the world.

Robert B. Sloan, Jr. William D. Underwood
President and CEO Interim President-elect

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