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Frequently Asked Questions
about the SACSCOC
Reaffirmation of Accreditation

  • What is SACSCOC?
  • What is reaffirmation of accreditation?
  • What are the steps in the process?
  • What is a QEP?
  • What can you expect during the site visit?
  • When will the On-Site Peer Review Committee be here?
  • Who are the members of the On-Site Peer Review Committee?

Q:    What is SACSCOC?

A:   The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. For more information, see SACSCOC.

Q:    What is reaffirmation of accreditation?

A:   Every 10 years, institutions accredited by SACSCOC undergo an intensive self-study, followed by a thorough review by peers, to determine their compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. These standards serve to ensure accountability and quality in all aspects of the institution. For more information, see the Principles of Accreditation..

Q:    What are the steps in the process?

A:   The reaffirmation process, which Panola College has been undergoing, allows an institution to study itself. Through a variety of broad-based campus committees, the College has documented its compliance with each of the core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal requirements outlined in the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. The resulting document has been extensively reviewed by an off-site committee of peer educators. Based on their feedback, Panola College submitted a Focused Report in September, providing additional documentation and details.

The next step will be an October 7-10 on-site visit from a team of peer educators, who will examine data and interview a variety of individuals on campus to determine that Panola College is in compliance with all standards. The visit culminates with a campus presentation by the committee detailing their findings. While on campus, they also will complete a draft report.

Q:    What is a QEP?

A:   The Quality Enhancement Plan is an integral part of the accreditation process, emphasizing SACSCOC’s and the institution’s commitment to continuous improvement. The QEP addresses a single, specific issue that can help strengthen and improve student learning. The QEP will be a major focus of the site visit in October.

The Panola College QEP is “FRAME2 Your Future - Focused Route of Academics to Maximize Education & Employment,” a five-year effort that focuses on student success. The plan will address support to help students achieve their education and career goals in the most efficient manner.

Q:    What can you expect during the site visit?

A:   The on-site team will be very busy! They will have only two full days to review required areas of compliance. But they may ask questions of anyone on campus. To learn more about reaffirmation of accreditation in general visit SACSCOC.

Q:    When will the On-Site Peer Review Committee be here?

A:   Our On-Site Peer Review Committee will be on campus October 7-10, 2019. Please be sure that you are available to assist the Committee during their visit to Panola College. Reviewers will interview members of the Panola College community, including students, staff, and administrators to resolve any questions remaining from the compliance certification, the Focused Report, and our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).