The leadership team from Alcorn State University (ASU) participated in an orientation for the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Class of 2021 during the December 2018 annual meeting. This orientation was in preparation for the submission of two key documents for reaffirmation: 1- the Compliance Certification and 2- the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The Compliance Certification provides documentation that ASU is adhering to the Principles of Accreditation set forth by SACSCOC. There are 14 Principles that ASU must comply with to remain in good accreditation standing. Committees comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and students were formed to address these Principles of Accreditation, and each, to varying degrees, contributed to the Compliance Certification.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is submitted six (6) weeks prior to the on-site reaffirmation visit. The QEP must (a) identify a topic through ongoing, comprehensive planning, and evaluation processes, (b) have broad-based support of institutional constituencies, (c) focus on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success, (d) commit resources to initiate, implement, and complete the QEP, and (e) includes a plan to assess achievement.