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VC receives re-accreditation

By Victoria Advocate
July 19, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.

Dr. Patricia Vandervoort, VC vice president of instruction.

Victoria College's accreditation has been reaffirmed with no follow-up by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, VC officials recently learned.

The board's decision comes following an intensive off-site review in May 2013 and an onsite review committee visit to Victoria College in September, both of which produced positive results.

During the onsite visit, the committee confirmed VC's compliance with 10 selected core requirements and comprehensive standards as well as nine federal requirements such as distance education, program curriculum and student achievement, according to Patricia Vandervoort, VC vice president of instruction. It also reviewed the college's Quality Enhancement Plan, which was well received by the team.

Shortly after the visit, VC President Tom Butler said the committee viewed the QEP as "a solid approach to addressing the need to enhance students' critical thinking skills by more completely engaging them in the classroom."

The September visit was part of the reaffirmation of accreditation, a requirement for the college every 10 years. It assessed whether VC is in compliance with the commission's standards.

If judged non-compliant on any standard, the report would include a recommendation identifying the problem and what needs to be done to fix it.

The team came away from the visit with no recommendations for improvement.

"Accreditation is formal recognition that the College provides quality education," Vandervoort said. "Victoria College's accreditation makes the College eligible to participate in government student assistance programs and makes transferring of credits from one institution to another easier."

Victoria College was one of 11 institutions asked to feature its compliance certificate and QEP document as a part of the SACSCOC Resource Room. This is a room at the national conference with examples of "the best of the best" submitted documents for other institutions to review while they are preparing their own submissions.

According to its website, SACSCOC is a voluntary association of degree-granting institutions in the southeastern region of the United States that elect to engage in a self-regulatory process of quality assurance. That process expects accredited members to comply with standards in the areas of mission, institutional effectiveness and student learning, governance, curriculum and educational programs, faculty, academic and student support, and financial and physical resources, and to comply with the policies of the commission.

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