Thank you for your coverage of the college’s accreditation efforts. I just want to clarify a few facts regarding the process.
The On-site Reaffirmation Committee that visited with us on Oct. 7-10 does not grant accreditation. As a committee of peers from other community colleges, their task was to review our compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ (SACS COC) Principles of Accreditation. They verified that we are adhering to the 58 principles to insure academic and student service quality and administration governance. And as Dr. Pimentel and Mrs. Lewis indicated, they reviewed our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
At the exit interview on Thursday morning, the committee informed us that they had no recommendations meaning they found no instances of non-compliance. This will be included in their report which will be submitted to the SACS COC board. Our reaffirmation of accreditation will not be approved until the board meeting in June 2020. The delay is available so that if there had been recommendations we would have time to correct and respond.
We are celebrating that we had a report with no recommendations and we will celebrate our reaffirmation of accreditation in June of next year.
Dr. Jerry Faulkner
President, Volunteer State Community College