By President Dr. Leslie N. Pollard
March 26-28, 2012, brought 10 peer-reviewers to the Oakwood University campus, to assess the quality of the Oakwood academic operation.
Here is the number that you should remember: 98.9%.
This number represents the percentage of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal stipulations that Oakwood passed with flying colors.
The 10 academics from SACS engaged in a three-day, peer-reviewed process that viewed the institution through 99 standards of evidence that investigated the quality of the institution.
During the Wednesday morning, March 28, exit meeting Dr. John Russell, chairman of the SACS site visit committee team, indicated that against the 99 standards, Oakwood received only one recommendation! (A recommendation is an area of operation that must be addressed in a follow-up report).
Although its final report is several weeks away, Dr. Russell summarized Oakwood’s presentation of its 200+ page, February 10, 2012, Focused Report as “nothing short of inspirational.” He was referring to the significant turnaround of the original report submitted on September 1 which came back on December 1, 2011 from SACS containing 28 non-compliance citations. A significant amount of work, conducted by a special "lock in" committee of January 11 and 12, 2012, reduced the 28 non-compliances to one recommendation. Oakwood will quickly respond to the recommendation, submit that response to SACS and and also submit a response to a recommendation to our Quality Enhancement Plan which will address how to improve the critical thinking of our incoming freshman of 2013. After we submit our responses, we will receive a final decision from the SACS Board at its December, 2012 meeting. Look for more information in the June President’s FYI newsletter.