The Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium (VRAS)

Virginia Assessment Group partners with The Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium (VRAS) to support Higher Education assessment and accreditation professionals throughout Virginia. Our members are invited to participate in the VRAS annual meeting, to be held in tandem with the Virginia Assessment Group’s annual conference.

The VRAS Annual Meeting will be held on November 15, 2017 on the VCU Health Sciences campus in Richmond, VA. Registration is now open! Registration information and link at 2017 VRAS Annual Symposium Registration

VRAS 2017 Special Guest: Dr. Michael Hoefer, SACSCOC Vice President, will be in attendance and will host a question and answer session.

Agenda will include:

  • Registration/Check In, Networking Groups, Refreshments
  • Panels on Topics of Interest
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Lunch
  • Panels on Topics of Interest
  • Networking Groups, Refreshments
  • Q&A with Dr. Hoefer, SACSCOC VP
  • Closing Comments
  • Co-hosted reception with the Virginia Assessment Group in the evening

Please complete this brief survey by September 15 to co-create the agenda and decide the topics of interest for our day.

Want to support VRAS and your colleagues in accreditation? Sit on a panel, facilitate a round table discussion or networking group, or volunteer for the VRAS 2018 Planning Board! Contact Cindy Chiarello (grovecg@jmu.edu) or provide your information when you complete the survey above.


About The Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium (VRAS)

The VRAS, an active, purposeful network of higher education colleagues in Virginia, advances open discussion and dissemination of knowledge to support institutions’ achieving and sustaining SACSCOC accreditation.

VRAS serves the higher education community in Virginia by facilitating inter-institutional relationships and providing accurate information and reliable interpretation of SACSCOC policy.

The purposes of the VRAS are to:

  1. Build relationships among faculty and staff responsible for compliance with SACSCOC policies and principles.
  2. Provide resources for faculty and staff that deal with the intersection of state recognition and regional accreditation.
  3. Serve as a forum for discussion about salient accreditation-related issues and how they affect Virginia institutions.
  4. Share accreditation-related knowledge and experiences among Virginia institutions that may serve as an example or guidance to colleagues.
  5. Welcome, engage, and mentor new members from within our own and other accredited institutions within the Commonwealth to share knowledge and ensure the future growth of the VRAS.


For more information on the VRAS organization or the annual meeting, please contact Cindy Chiarello grovecg@jmu.edu