Excellence continues to be the benchmark at Winthrop as the university embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. During 2011-12 Winthrop achieved excellence at the national and regional levels through:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed full accreditation for Winthrop. A nine-member team visited the university and made recommendations to the accrediting body. The reaccreditation process involved two main components: a compliance report, which is an audit of the institution’s compliance with SACS policies and standards, and a Quality Enhancement Plan, which is a forward-looking five-year plan to enhance student learning in some way. Winthrop’s Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled the Global Learning Initiative, integrates intentionally global perspectives across the university’s general education or Touchstone Program.
The Richard W. Riley College of Education achieved national reaccreditation for undergraduate and graduate education preparation programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Winthrop received the highest rating of excellence in two areas — assessment and clinical experiences, — “a unique and exemplary achievement,” said NCATE President James G. Cibulka. As a result of this positive review, Winthrop hosted the June 2012 NCATE Board of Examiner training session.
Big SURS Research Symposium
More than 300 students from 18 colleges and universities visited campus to present their research during the fifth annual Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. Through oral presentations and poster displays, student researchers shared their findings in the areas of arts and sciences, education, business, and visual and performing arts. The symposium also included student networking receptions and a faculty workshop on mentoring and promoting undergraduate research.