Victoria College gets high grades in reaffirmation of accreditation team visit

Dr. Tom Butler
The recent visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review team to Victoria College produced positive results, according to VC President Dr. Tom Butler.

The team’s visit was part of the reaffirmation of accreditation, a requirement for the college every 10 years. It assessed whether VC is in compliance with SACS 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.

Victoria College officials will receive the team’s written report in a few weeks but recently learned that the report will have no recommendations for improvement.  

“This is an outcome that is almost unheard of,” Butler said in an email to faculty and staff. “Very, very few institutions accomplish this.  It is nothing short of awesome!”

The onsite review committee members also went over the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a required component of the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation. Butler said the QEP, Students Engaged in Active Learning, was “well received” by the team.

“A few helpful suggestions for improvement were offered, but overall, our plan was seen as a solid approach to addressing the need to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by more completely engaging them in the classroom,” he said. “They complimented VC on tackling such a complex and important issue. They complimented our approach to identifying the problem. And most of all, they complimented us on our plan.”

Prior to the SACS team’s campus visit, an offsite team identified only four areas of noncompliance, a very low number for SACS accredited institutions.

“We had four areas where we didn’t provide the appropriate evidence to prove that we actually do what we say we do,” said Dr. Patricia Vandervoort, vice president of instruction at Victoria College.

All of these four areas were resolved before the onsite visit, VC officials said.

Butler thanked the many individuals and groups at VC who worked hard to achieve the good results.

There is just one step remaining in VC’s quest for reaffirmation. The committee’s report will be reviewed by the SACSCOC Board, which will make the final determination in June 2014.  
Published: Thursday, 03 October 2013

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