SACSCOC reaffirms accreditation of Lees-McRae College for 10 years

June 22, 2015

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Lees-McRae College for 10 years. The reaffirmation was announced at a meeting of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees on June 11.

“This is another significant achievement for Lees-McRae,” said College President Barry M. Buxton. “The visiting committee was very complimentary of our progress and reaffirmation only confirms the value of a Lees-McRae degree. I am proud of the work accomplished by the faculty and staff during the lengthy review period.”

SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting agency for institutions of higher education in eleven southern states and Latin America. To ensure institutional quality and accountability, each accredited member must reaffirm its compliance with the principles every 10 years. The principles outlined by SACSCOC include federal requirements and standards in the areas of governance, mission, institutional effectiveness, student learning, curriculum, faculty, academic and student support, and financial and physical resources.

As part of the two-year review process, Lees-McRae College developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). “Your Writing Elevated: Writing for Academic Success and Career Preparation” provides integrated opportunities for students to advance their writing skills in support of their curricular and career-related goals. The plan aligns with the College mission to educate students to approach their life and work from a creative, collaborative, and critical perspective.

“This process has united our College community and made us stronger as an institution,” said Blaine J. Hansen, accreditation liaison and vice president of strategic planning and effectiveness. “We welcomed this opportunity for self-analysis and reflection. We look forward to our continued relationship with SACSCOC and will maintain our efforts to adhere to the accreditation standards now and in the future.”

Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lees-McRae College.

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