Louisburg College Hosts Successful SACS Accreditation Visit

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Louisburg College will receive no recommendations for improvement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) team which visited campus October 20-22, paving the way for the College to earn reaffirmation of its accreditation with the organization in June 2016.

The team’s visit was a crucial part of reaffirmation of accreditation with SACS, measuring Louisburg College’s compliance with SACS standards in areas such as academic affairs and finance. The SACS team also reviewed the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a requirement for reaffirmation. Louisburg’s QEP, “Engaged Teaching Fosters Engaged Learning,” was also approved by the committee without any recommendations.

Accreditation is required for colleges and universities to receive federal funding for student aid. Reaffirmation of accreditation must be completed every 10 years.

“This historic result has been years in the making,” said Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg College President. “It has taken years to establish the patterns and trends that represent the highest standard of accreditation in every facet of our operation.” The preparation of the Reaffirmation Compliance Certification and Focus Reports was a two-year process resulting in more than 500 pages of narrative and 1,400 supporting documents written and provided by a host of individuals across campus.

La Branche credited the work of Dr. Jim Eck, Provost, and a team of faculty and staff colleagues who led the meticulous coordination of preparation through the entire process, including the committee’s visit. “A successful on-site team visit requires contributions from every corner of campus.”

It is highly unusual for an institution to receive no recommendations from a SACS on-site committee report, La Branche said. “This could not have happened without the dedication and hard work of so many members of our campus community. We have a great deal to be proud of as we continue to strengthen Louisburg College for the future.”