Any institution seeking or holding accreditation from more than one U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting body must describe itself in identical terms to each recognized accrediting body with regard to purpose, governance, programs, degrees, diplomas, certificates, personnel, finances, and constituencies, and must keep each institutional accrediting body apprised on any change in its status with one or another accrediting body.

 

Compliance Judgment: In compliance 

 

Narrative

 

East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) and its programs are accredited as documented in the East Carolina University Program Accreditation Cycle.  Documentation provided in this table includes the date of the most recent review by each agency and links to the statements used to describe East Carolina University to each accrediting body.   These statements are also posted in a SharePoint site maintained by the Office of Academic Programs.  In addition, since the publication of the new comprehensive standard in spring 2012, the institution developed a standard description of East Carolina University to be used in all accreditation reports.  The description was approved by the Academic Council in July 2012, sent to each accrediting body listed in the ECU Program Accreditation table cited above, and is a standard operating procedure for preparation of reports to all accrediting bodies.

 

No agency has terminated accreditation of any program at East Carolina University.  East Carolina University has voluntarily withdrawn accreditation with one agency.  In 1990, faculty of the College of Nursing decided not to pursue re-accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC) and pursue accreditation by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

 

The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) is responding to the 2012 findings of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) survey team.  The LCME reviewed the report of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University survey team, and the letter dated March 22, 2012 from Dean Paul Cunningham acknowledges the report and provides additional information. The LCME voted to place the educational program leading to the MD degree at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University on “warning.” This action indicates that there are areas of noncompliance with accreditation standards that will, if not corrected promptly, compromise the ability of the school to conduct a quality medical education program. The status of warning is not subject to appeal. While warning status is held confidential, the LCME is required by the regulations of the United States Department of Education to notify the US Secretary of Education and the relevant regional accrediting body of this action. The dean will submit the action plan for meeting compliance in all areas no later than December 15, 2012 for consideration at the February 2013 LCME meeting. The LCME will review the action plan to determine if the steps for addressing each area of noncompliance and each area that is in compliance with a need for monitoring are feasible and have the potential to resolve the areas of concern in a timely manner. Following its consideration of the action plan, the LCME will review the accreditation status of the medical education program. It also will set a date for a limited survey to assess the areas of noncompliance and areas in compliance with a need for monitoring, as cited in their official response to the institution.

In a June 15, 2012 Memorandum, Dean Cunningham notified all of the BSOM basic science and clinical chairs of the findings noting that if there is insufficient progress toward compliance with the cited standards within 12 months, the LCME may impose probation or may take an adverse action, defined by the LCME as withdrawal of accreditation.

ECU integrates SACS-COC policy expectations into its operations through the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR).  The Associate Provost, who also serves as the university liaison to SACS-COC, has as part of his responsibility overseeing and coordinating all accreditations with in the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs.  The Associate Provost regularly meets with the Chancellor and Academic Council to provide accreditation, accountability and policy updates. IPAR has an active web site and is responsible for dissemination of policy information related to accreditation. The office enthusiastically leads unit, department and office conversations across the campuses engaging faculty and administrators in activities related to accountability.

In summary, ECU describes itself in identical terms to each recognized accrediting body with regard to purpose, governance, programs, degrees, diplomas, certificates, personnel, finances, and constituencies, and keeps each institutional accrediting body apprised on any change in its status with one or another accrediting body.

 

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Active Accreditation Website

IPAR - Accreditation - Accreditation at ECU

East Carolina University Program Accreditation Cycle

Accreditation Cycle 7-24-12

Report of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University  Survey Team

brody_final_combined_letter_and_report[1]

June 15, 2012 Memorandum

LCME INTERNAL COMMUNICATION  6-26-12

March 22, 2012 from Dean Paul Cunningham

DEANMemoTO LCME_BSOM_MARCH_23_2012

National League for Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC)

3.13.1 NLNAC Cancel Accreditation Letter 2010

Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research

Welcome to Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research

Standard Description of East Carolina University

Description - ECU