SACS Team Coming to Reaffirm SFSC’s Level II Status
A visitation team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) will come to the Highlands Campus March 5-7 to review the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM) degree program and reaffirm SFSC’s status as a Level II institution.
In July 2012, SACS upgraded SFSC’s institutional status to Level II at the same time it reaffirmed the college’s accreditation. Although this status change allowed SFSC to launch the BAS-SM program, it also required the college to implement various protocols and processes that are unique to bachelor’s degree programs. “Basically, the visitation team is coming to verify that we did what we said we were going to do when we applied for Level II status,” said Dr. Leana Revell, vice president for educational and student services.
In the seven months since the level change was granted, changes have been made within every student services department – affecting everything from how financial aid is processed for bachelor’s degree students to the way information about bachelor’s degree programs is reported to the state. The college also generated marketing materials, Web pages, and advertising for the BAS-SM degree program, and adapted Banner for baccalaureate programs.
The team will conduct its review March 5-6 and give its exit report on March 7. “That’s when they’ll tell us if they have any suggestions or recommendations,” Dr. Revell said. “If they do, we can quickly respond.”
The team will then submit its report to the SACS Credentials and Reports Committee, recommending whether SFSC’s Level II status should be reaffirmed. When the level status is reaffirmed, in late June or early July, SFSC will proceed with developing two additional baccalaureate programs – a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in nursing and a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.
Over40 students are now enrolled in the BAS-SM degree program. Because classes follow the college’s eight-week flexible schedules, students can enroll throughout the term and take classes that fit their individual needs. Students surveyed at the end of the fall term were largely positive about their initial experiences, Dr. Revell said.
“It is meeting a need within the community, and we are quite pleased,” Dr. Revell said.