TROY hosting free seminar to address importance of accreditation

Posted: Thursday, 25 April 2013

ATLANTA – Troy University will open its doors to Atlanta-area students and prospective students for a free seminar on the importance of accreditation in higher education.

Led by Dr. Hal Fulmer, the University's dean of undergraduate and first-year studies and associate provost, the seminar begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Sandy Springs at 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N101. Seating is limited and registration is recommended online at The event will be streamed online for those who are interested but are unable to attend. Registration for the online event is also available at the same address.

"Given the current economic climate and job market, many are turning to higher education as a way to improve their own marketability," said Bill Glisson, district director for TROY's Atlanta District. "With the recent influx of collegiate options in Atlanta, many are unaware of the various accrediting bodies, what they mean, and how it affects the education they may receive at a given school. More importantly, many are unaware of the outcomes they may face if they pursue an education at a school that does not hold accreditation by a recognized accrediting body."

Dr. Fulmer has extensive experience in the area of accreditation, having served as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) leadership team for the University's successful reaffirmation of accreditation in 2007 – 2010, and a member of the University's SACS steering committee 2002-2003.

"Understanding accreditation in higher education is an important part of earning a college degree. What accreditation means, how it happens and why it is so significant are questions that any prospective college student—and college graduate—needs to understand. Accreditation is all about the integrity and value of a student's higher education," Dr. Fulmer said.