SACSCOC approves three new programs

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved three new Lees-McRae programs and included them in the institution's existing accreditation. Effective spring 2018, the three programs are health and wellness science, outdoor recreation management and an online business administration completion program.

Health and wellness science, within the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, prepares students for careers in health promotion and client-focused leadership positions. Students in the new program will take courses and practice their skills in the advanced facility featuring $1.4 million in state-of-the-art equipment.

Both housed within the School of Business and Management, outdoor recreation management and the online business administration programs offer a variety of ways to expand on a student’s individual passion. 

The outdoor recreation management program is the nation’s only program of its kind found within a school of business. Students can learn beyond the classroom by venturing outdoors to develop essential skills in leadership, program management and environmental stewardship.

The online business administration completion program gives students the ability to finish a baccalaureate degree or gain new skills to advance their career. Online courses offer working and nontraditional students the convenience to learn on their schedule, at their pace and on their budget.

Provost and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Todd Lidh, shared his excitement over the accreditation of the three new programs.

“The recent approvals mark both an exciting new chapter for the college and students as well as validation of the great work our faculty have put in to make these programs a reality,” Lidh said. “These dynamic programs add to the fabric of the college, providing wonderful and enjoyable opportunities for students, staff, and faculty alike.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees, according to the SACSCOC website. To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges.

Learn more about the SACSCOC accreditation process here >>

Explore the health and wellness science program here, the outdoor recreation management program here, and the online business administration completion program here.

By Nina MastandreaFebruary 28, 2018