SACS kickoff meetingAttending the recent SACS kickoff meeting in Atlanta from Dalton State College were, from left,  front row, Dr. Sandra Stone and Dr. Mary Nielsen; back, Dr. Henry Codjoe, Dr. John Schwenn, and Scott Bailey.

Officials from Dalton State College recently traveled to Atlanta for kickoff of the 2013 accreditation reaffirmation process by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dalton State is accredited to award associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and must undergo reaffirmation of accreditation every 10 years. The reaffirmation audit will take place in fall 2012 with a decision following in 2013, according to Dr. Henry M. Codjoe, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, and Dalton State’s SACS Liaison.

All Southern colleges scheduled for 2013 reaffirmation participated in the January 31 kick-off which familiarized them with timetables and expectations of the reaffirmation process, Codjoe said. Five administrators from Dalton State attended.

Over the next year and a half, the College, under the direction of its Leadership Committee, will undertake a thorough examination of the institution, evaluating strengths and identifying and addressing any weaknesses.

Guided by the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, nine committees, with broad representation from the College community, will participate in review and analysis of virtually every aspect of campus operations.

As part of the reaffirmation process, Dalton State must prepare two separate documents: a Compliance Certification document, demonstrating analysis of the extent to which the College conforms to Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards, and a Quality Enhancement Plan, detailing a well-designed course of action that addresses an issue or issues specifically focused on improving student learning.

Though reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation is a driving force behind the self-analysis, the College ultimately seeks to use its recognized strengths to enhance and guide future growth and development.

Members of the Leadership Team for SACS reaffirmation are Dr. John Schwenn, President; Scott Bailey, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs; Dr. Codjoe; Patton Hunt, President, Student Activities Council; and Jodi Johnson, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services.

Also, Linda LaChapelle, Associate Professor of Office Administration and Faculty Liaison; Dr. Mary T. Nielsen, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and General Editor of the Compliance Certification Report; Dr. Christy T. Price, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Liaison; Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Team.

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