About Us


The Office of University Accreditation ensures the University’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission and safeguards its accreditation status by fostering excellence in all of the University’s academic programs and administrative services.


  1. To promote a culture of excellence and continuous improvement through systematic planning and assessment.
  2. To identify needs and develop processes and other resources that enable University personnel to comply with accreditation standards and that model excellence and best practices.
  3. To develop, implement, and continuously improve sustainable and efficient business processes to assess the quality and effectiveness of the University’s academic programs and administrative services.
  4. To model collaborative decision-making in addressing compliance with accreditation standards.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance


Please note that our office is fully remote. For assistance, email us at assessment@miami.edu.

UA Staff

Patty Murphy

Assoc. Provost, University Accreditation
SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison


(804) 295-2599
Patty is the University’s accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and regularly serves as a SACSCOC peer evaluator. Prior to coming to the U in 2016, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Richmond and the Assistant Vice President for...

Diana M Vergara

Director, Assessment


(305) 284-4714 x84714
As Director of Assessment, Diana oversees the institutional assessment of the University’s 300+ academic programs and service units, as well as the University’s general education requirements and Quality Enhancement plan. Prior to joining the UA team, she managed the accreditation and evaluation processes for the School of...

Yesenia Valiente

Assessment Manager


(305) 284-5120
As Assessment Coordinator, Yesenia serves as the system administrator of the University’s accreditation and assessment management system. Yesenia manages the day-to-day operational activities and administering General Education and Quality Enhancement Plan assessment surveys. Before joining the UA, she worked for Enrollment Management...