Bevill State accreditation renewed for 10 years

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Bevill State Community College President Dr. Kim Ennis received notification from Dr. Michael Hoefer, vice president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), that the college’s accreditation standards had been reaffirmed for the next 10 years.  

SACSCOC is a regional accrediting body of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.  

“This is great news and an outcome for which all colleges strive,” stated Dr. Ennis. “Upholding the standards set forth by SACSCOC and receiving reaffirmation of accreditation for 10 years demonstrates that the Bevill State faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to providing our students with the highest-quality education possible. Our team, led by Dr. Leslie Hartley and Dr. Russell Howton, did an exceptional job throughout the entire process.”  

A representative from SACSCOC and nine reviewers from peer institutions visited all Bevill State locations in October 2019 to meet with faculty, staff, and students and assessed the institution’s compliance of 67 comprehensive standards, core requirements, and federal requirements — along with a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses a critical area of student learning. During the exit interview, the visiting team expressed their appreciation for Bevill State and its dedication to compliance with higher education standards.   

Dr. Leslie Hartley, BSCC Dean of Instruction, stated, “Earning reaffirmation was the result of years of hard work by many people on all of our campuses. It confirms that Bevill State provides quality education to our students and that the college operates in an ethical and responsible manner. Reaffirmation also signifies that BSCC meets or exceeds national standards which enables us to receive federal funds, including scholarships and grants.”  

The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the report from the visiting team during their September 2020 meeting and upheld their recommendations.