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Walters State gets Southern Association accreditation until 2028

Community Contributor Debra Williams • Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 1:59 PM

MORRISTOWN — The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed accreditation for Walters State Community College. The reaffirmation was approved by the SACSCOC’s board of trustees in June. The college’s next reaffirmation process will take place in 2028.

“The reaffirmation process involved a rigorous review of Walters State’s programs, services and resources by peer institutions, including on-site visits. This reaffirmation is a credit not only to those faculty and staff members involved in this process, but to the entire campus community for maintaining the high standards required by our accrediting organization,” Walters State President Tony Miksa said.

SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in the South. The commission’s mission is the enhancement of education quality throughout the region and the improvement of the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring they meet standards established by the higher education community.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution complies with the standards contained in “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality enhancement and with the polies and procedures of the Commission. The institution must have a mission appropriate to higher education. It must have resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission. It must also maintain clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

In accordance with the SACSCOC principles of continuous improvement, Walters State will implement a Quality Enhancement Plan during the coming year. This plan is designed to improve academic advising to support student success.