Daytona State College is preparing for the 2014 reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). To prepare for the reaffirmation, a Steering Team was established to review
the college's compliance with SACSCOC principles and standards and to develop the college's first Quality Enhancement Plan. The Steering Team is led by Dr. Thomas LoBasso, COO and provost. The reaffirmation process will culminate in June 2014 after an on-site visit from a team of SACSCOC evaluators in September 2013.
What is SACSCOC?
The SACSCOC Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern United States.
The commission’s mission is to enhance educational quality throughout the region. It strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that they meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.
To gain or maintain SACSCOC accreditation, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, as well as with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The commission applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate and member institutions, regardless of the type of institution (public, private for-profit or private not-for-profit).
Daytona State College's SACSCOC Steering Committee is comprised of eight subcommittees charged with demonstrating the institution's compliance with the core SACSCOC requirements and comprehensive standards necessary for reaffirmation of its accreditation.
What is reaffirmation?
The reaffirmation process is an accreditation review that officially occurs every 10 years, with an interim five-year review. The process allows Daytona State College to demonstrate that:
- its mission is appropriate to higher education;
- it has sufficient programs, services and resources to accomplish and sustain its mission;
- its educational objectives are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and;
- the college is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
Why should colleges undergo reaffirmation of their accreditation?
Reaffirmation fosters public confidence in the institution and its efforts to maintain quality standards, enhance institutional effectiveness and foster student success. The reaffirmation process also provides a basis on which colleges, universities and the public at large can be assured that accredited institutions comply with a common set of requirements and standards. While a private organization, SACSCOC also is entrusted by the US Department of Education to certify that institutions are eligible to receive federal financial aid.
Timeline for SACSCOC reaffirmation
As the College undergoes the SACSCOC reaffirmation process, there will come deadlines. These deadlines are indicated in the image at left. (Click here or on the image itself for a larger view.)
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
The Quality Enhancement Plan is a relatively new element of the accreditation process and is separate from the SACSCOC compliance report the college is required to produce as part of the reaffirmation effort. By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. It is an opportunity for Daytona State to build upon its quality and effectiveness by focusing on a single issue the college community collaboratively considers critical to student success. While the SACSCOC study looks at past behavior, the QEP looks at a future course of action. SACSCOC added the QEP component to the reaffirmation process to encourage colleges to launch initiatives that look forward, rather than simply focusing on compliance with existing SACSCOC standards.
Daytona State's QEP is called Learn to SOAR. QEP Director Tom Bellomo has prepared a short primer containing basic information related to this intiative.
A more in-depth look at Learn to SOAR is available here.
Timeline for the QEP
Deadlines for the QEP are indicated in the image to the left. (Click here or on the image itself for a larger view.)
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Thomas LoBasso
COO and Provost
(386) 506-3732, LobassT@DaytonaState.edu
Dr. Rhodella Brown
Associate Vice President Academic Affairs
(386) 506-3969, BrownR@DaytonaState.edu
Dr. Nancy Morgan
Associate Vice President for Accreditation, Compliance and Contracts/SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
(386) 506-4579, MorganN@DaytonaState.edu