With a once-a-decade, three-day accreditation visit by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools scheduled to take place next month, N.C. Central University is search for missing credentials of 126 of its faculty members.
The university submitted materials to the agency in advance of the April visit, but was notified that their was incomplete information on the credentials of some faculty members.
Until just a month or two ago, the faculty info was on file within NCCU's human resources office.
But that office just relocated, and the faculty files have not found their way yet to a new home. They're in boxes somewhere on campus, said Pauletta Brown Bracy, NCCU's director of university accreditation. They just need to be found and produced before the SACS team arrives April 14.
Bracy said she isn't worried about the credentials of the NCCU faculty; it's all just a matter of misplaced records.
"I think we're in good shape," she said. "We have to make sure they're all accessible."
While it appears a simple matter of unearthing records from boxes, it will be no small matter if the paperwork isn't all in order when the SACS accreditors review it, said Bernice Johnson, NCCU's assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.
"If they pull your documentation and your CV is not there, the entire university is out of compliance," she said.
Essentially, SACS is making sure that faculty members have the proper background -- advanced degrees, experience, etc. -- for the courses they are teaching.