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VHCC's Accreditation Reaffirmed Through 2028

Post Date:07/27/2018 7:00 AM

Virginia Highlands Community College has received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Colleges (SACSCOC) through 2028, a major accomplishment that allows VHCC to continue granting degrees and providing federal financial aid to its students.

“This is great news for our college and our community and a testament to the overall strength of the institution,” said Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr., VHCC president. “The entire campus community works hard to deliver exceptional programs and services. This stamp of approval confirms we are fulfilling our mission and meeting the educational needs of our community.”

Reaffirmation is required every 10 years and begins with a comprehensive report prepared by the College that examines 91 standards. These standards examine such things as faculty credentials, financial responsibility, and student achievement. A SACSCOC team evaluated this report during its off-site review last summer.

The process continued in October when a separate team of educators visited campus for an on-site review that included observations and interviews with faculty, staff and students. This review focused on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a major component of the reaffirmation process that demonstrates an institution’s commitment to continual improvement.

VHCC’s QEP is LearningPLUS+, a program that teaches students soft skills - communication, professionalism, problem solving and teamwork - through experiential learning. The program was launched in Fall 2017 and, as is customary, will conclude in five years with an impact report to SACSCOC.

SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for institutions awarding degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. It accredits higher education institutions in Virginia and 10 other states, plus Latin America.

VHCC first gained accreditation in 1972.

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