|SACS Confirmation of Reaffirmation letter
Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, president of Cedar Valley College, announced today that the campus has received notice of its successful completion of all measures necessary to retain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation with SACSCOC is crucial in that it represents proof to students and other accredited institutions regarding the validity of transfer credit and the authentication of its degrees and certifications.
Every 10 years, Cedar Valley and other independently accredited institutions must be reaffirmed for accreditation, a process which includes the completion of an initial Compliance Report, subsequent reports as requested, and hosting of an on-site visit by a committee of selected peer reviewers. The most recent process began in 2011 when CVC sent representatives to Atlanta, Ga., to receive instructions from SACSCOC. Cedar Valley formed multiple teams to oversee the work of compiling institutional data and proof of continuous improvement; their findings led to the completion of a Compliance Report in March 2012. Upon review by an off-site SACSCOC committee, a follow-up report was completed in August 2012 to answer additional questions in a Focused Report. An on-site SACSCOC committee then reviewed the Focused Report as well as a Quality Enhancement Plan that had been developed by CVC. The QEP for Cedar Valley regarded Math Empowerment and had been developed over the course of three years with the broad involvement of students, faculty, support staff, administrators and community members.
The on-site visit took place in October 2012 with a very favorable result: Cedar Valley College was commended for its efforts in proving institutional effectiveness and given a single recommendation to address in a Response Report. This report was completed in March of this year and submitted to SACSCOC for review by the on-site chair and its board in June. Dr. Wimbish received word from the college’s SACSCOC liaison Dr. Nuria Cuevas that the college has been reaffirm ed for accreditation and no further follow-up reports were needed. This concluded the decennial review process for the college and is an exceptional outcome for the CVC employees, students and community we serve.
"It is extremely gratifying to receive this affirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges," Dr. Wimbish said. "It is, however, no surprise. When students, dedicated professionals and community members of the caliber and commitment of those affiliated with Cedar Valley work together to achieve a goal, great things are possible – and unfailing."
The administration of Cedar Valley shares this achievement with everyone who had a hand in its successful completion, and we look forward to the next 10 years as we continue to improve and excel."
Cedar Valley College will be recognized officially at the 2013 SACSCOC Annual meeting slated for December in Atlanta, Ga.