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 has been 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 senior vice president for Student Enrollment and Development. The reaffirmation process will culminate in June 2014 after an on-site visit from a team of SACSCOC evaluators in the fall of 2013.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Thomas LoBasso
COO and Senior Vice President Student Development & Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Rhodella Brown
Associate Vice President Academic Affairs
Dr. Nancy Morgan
Associate Vice President for Accreditation, Compliance and Contracts/SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
What is SACSCOC?
The SACSCOC Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern 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 which 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.
Timeline for SACSCOC reaffirmation
As the College undergoes the SACSCOC reaffirmation process, there will come deadlines. These deadlines are indicated in the image on the right. (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.
Deadlines for the QEP are indicated in the image to the right. (Click here or on the image itself for a larger view.)