FACS granted AAFCS accreditation through 2030
November 20, 2020
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The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences has been granted accreditation through spring 2030 by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The notice of accreditation follows a rigorous self-study report, a report from the AAFCS site visit team and the college’s response to the site visitors’ report.

Undergraduate programs that receive AAFCS accreditation provide the highest quality educational experiences and prepare students for professional roles to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

“Accreditation is a significant achievement for our college and is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty, staff, alumni and students,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “AAFCS accreditation enhances the value of a UGA degree and establishes that our programs reflect the highest professional standards.”

AAFCS accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that evaluates program curricula, faculty expertise, facilities, instructional support and other important factors, and results in a list of noteworthy strengths and identifies areas for improvement.

FACS has been continuously accredited by AAFCS since 1979. The previous 10-year accreditation was granted in 2009.

As part of the evaluation, site visitors met with faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and advisory board members for focus group-style sessions earlier this year.

“I am grateful to our entire team, including our dedicated alumni, advisory board members and students who participated in the site visit and contributed to this rigorous self-review process,” Fox said. “Their commitment to our college’s mission, to our students and to our university and state is to be commended.”

The most recent accreditation report commended Fox as being responsive and highly respected by the UGA administration and noted “faculty members are committed to assisting students in reaching their career goals.”

The report also recognized the college’s student-centric philosophy, experiential learning opportunities and commitment to systematic internal evaluation of its mission, as well as modeling a commitment to diversity, among other strengths.

FACS offers 11 majors and has an enrollment of over 2,000 students, including 1,800 undergraduates and 255 graduate students.

Note: Cover photo of student presentation taken prior to March 2020.

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