Career Connect was developed as part of UNT's reaccreditation submision to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in February 2016. SACSCOC requires re-accreditation every 10 years and the submission contained two main parts:
- The Compliance Certification Report, an assessment of UNT’s compliance with core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal requirements of the Commission on Colleges
- The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) or Career Connect, a five-year plan to enhances student learning throughout the entire university
On December 6, 2016 UNT received reaccreditation status from SACSCOC until 2026.
The process for selecting UNT's Quality Enhancement Plan, UNT Career Connect, started in 2013 when initial planning conversations were held with faculty and staff. A QEP Leadership Team was established in fall 2013 and included students, faculty, staff and external community partners. The team was tasked with gathering information from the entire university community to find out what those at UNT and those who partner with UNT would like for a QEP.
From fall 2013 to spring 2014, ideas were solicited and topics narrowed down while the QEP leadership team researched UNT’s areas of needs based on data provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. UNT Career Connect was chosen at UNT's QEP in fall 2014.