DeGoti named Auburn’s SACSCOC liaison

Published: July 12, 2021
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Following an internal search, Mark DeGoti, associate professor of music in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, has been named the new liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC, effective July 19. DeGoti succeeds Megan Good, who will assume a new position at James Madison University.

As the SACSCOC liaison, DeGoti will oversee Auburn’s decennial reaffirmation process scheduled for 2023. In addition to preparing the required certification documents that demonstrate Auburn’s compliance with the SACSCOC principles of accreditation, DeGoti will engage with university stakeholders to increase understanding of accrediting policies and procedures that impact various aspects of the campus. Working with faculty and staff, DeGoti will also help coordinate the university's required Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, focused on advancing student career outcomes.

A faculty member at Auburn since 2010, DeGoti has served as the assessment coordinator in the Department of Music, as well as the unit’s liaison to the National Association of Schools of Music Reaccreditation. With a focus on continuous improvement of student learning, DeGoti's most recent efforts include preparing the department for its reaccreditation in fall 2021. Working with faculty to better understand the role of academic assessment, DeGoti's efforts have enabled the unit to redefine its learning outcomes and evaluation approaches, key experiences that will benefit him as the liaison.

“We are pleased to have Dr. DeGoti serving as the university’s next SACSCOC liaison,” said Associate Provost Norman Godwin. “In addition to his knowledge of assessment principles and accreditation practices, Mark brings a broad understanding of the university processes that are critical to the ongoing success and compliance of the university.”

In addition to his departmental service, DeGoti has served on several university committees focused on improving assessment, including the Core Curriculum and General Education Committee and the Meta-Assessment Institute. Working with faculty and staff to implement data-informed changes and curricular improvements, DeGoti looks forward to fostering a culture of continuous improvement and success through the university’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

“I am honored to step into this role at such an important time,” DeGoti said. “I look forward to working with the many individuals who have already been engaged in a multitude of efforts to support our reaffirmation process as we demonstrate Auburn’s compliance with the SACSCOC principles of accreditation.”

DeGoti holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a pair of bachelor’s degrees in music from the University of Michigan.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.