February 3, 2010

DSC begins SACS reaffirmation process

Dalton State College is launching its accreditation reaffirmation process that will culminate in a visit by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2013.

Every 10 years, all accredited colleges and universities nationwide must have their accreditation reaffirmed by their regional accrediting agencies. DSC is accredited to award associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

As part of the reaffirmation process, DSC must prepare a Compliance Certification document and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

“The Compliance Certification document will show the extent to which the college is in compliance with core requirements and comprehensive standards, and the QEP will outline courses of action to address issues specifically focused on improving student learning,” said John Schwenn, DSC president and chair of the leadership committee that will oversee the reaffirmation process.

Fourteen committees, comprised of a broad representation from the college community, will participate in the review and analysis of the institution’s mission, governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, faculty, library and learning resources, student services, facilities and general resources.

These committees will thoroughly examine the institution, evaluating its strengths and identifying and addressing any weaknesses, according to Henry Codjoe, director of institutional research and planning for DSC.

The self-study process will begin in March and is expected to take about two years to complete. The majority of documents, surveys and resources will be posted online, a move Codjoe says will enhance the efficiency of the process.

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