Assessment is essential for continuous quality improvement in academic and non-academic programs. It is a tool that provides meaningful information to faculty and staff about program strengths and areas of need.

Accreditation requirements also frequently motivate assessment. Program outcomes assessment is expected by the Board of Regents of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and most program-specific accrediting bodies. Assessment is a critical component of Jackson State University's reaffirmation of accreditation process.

Jackson State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jackson State University.

Its next SACS review for reaffirmation will occur in 2021.

Institutional Accreditation Programs

Strategic Planning Process

Jackson State University's strategic planning process is longstanding and continuous. It has historically been and continues to be led by the Chief Executive Officer.