Message from the President about SACSCOC Accreditation

 

BRCC News | Published November 16, 2018

Dr. Laura Leatherwood

I have great news to share with you today! 

Last week, our regional accrediting body, SACSCOC, completed an onsite evaluation of Blue Ridge Community College.

Our faculty and staff have been preparing for this visit for more than two years and I am happy to report a successful visit with no recommendations for follow up. To help you understand the magnitude of this, the average number of recommendations given to colleges during onsite visits is three—we received zero! I am extremely proud of all of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students that contributed to this success!

Being accredited by SACSCOC is essential to the continued operation of Blue Ridge Community College. Having accreditation means that BRCC’s credits will transfer to other colleges and universities, students are able to receive federal funds for financial aid and the college receives funding from the state. In short, without accreditation, a college is ineligible for state and federal funding, its academic degrees are less valued, and its overall reputation and value as an educational institution is diminished.

Formal approval of our reaffirmation will occur during the SACSCOC board meeting in June 2019. 

We strive for excellence every day and this “vote of confidence” from SACSCOC is recognition of the outstanding work our faculty and staff do to support our students.