TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SUMMARY OF STEPS
AND DUE DATES FOR SACS REAFFIRMATION PROCESS
- A campus team (Dr. Van Allen, Michelle Adkerson, Debra
Bauer, Faye Jones, Ted Washington, and Ellen Weed) went to Atlanta for
orientation on January 30, 2006. We attended meetings with all 2008
campuses and also met with our SACS staff liaison Dr. Tom Benberg. We have
now been informed that Dr. Joseph Silver is our new SACS staff liaison as a
result of reorganization within the Commission on Colleges.
- Before March 15, 2007, NSCC will submit a
Certification of Compliance of the Core Requirements and Comprehensive
Standards. This will include a narrative and supporting documentation.
There are 12 Core Requirements and 67 Comprehensive Standards and Federal
Requirements in the Principles of Accreditation as approved in
December 2006. Go to
www.sacscoc.org for a copy of the Principles of Accreditation.
Nashville State will submit information electronically. Preparation of the
compliance material is primarily an administrative responsibility, but much
of the documentation will be curriculum material. Our Institutional
Effectiveness Tracking System (IETS) and the Online Faculty Qualifications
roster will be part of the submission. Ted Washington is coordinating
preparation of the Compliance Certification.
Core Requirement 2.5, for
example, requires that “the institution engage in ongoing, integrated, and
institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that (1)
incorporate a systematic review of institutional mission, goals, and outcomes;
(2) result in continuing improvement in institutional quality; and (3)
demonstrate the institution is effectively accomplishing its mission.”
Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1,
for example, requires that “the institution identifies college-level
competencies within the general education core and provides evidence that
graduates have attained those competencies.”
Complete Narrative drafts December 2006
Spring Semester additions January 31, 2007
On-Campus review/editing February 28, 2007
CD prepared for distribution March, 2007
Submit to SACS and Committee March 9, 2007
Tracking System Calendar
IR set up for 2005-06 entries fall 2005
All academic units entered objectives fall 2005
Training Inservices fall
Units entered end-of-year info spring 2006
Required employee inservices fall 2006
All units enter 2006-07 objectives October 31, 2006
All units enter end-of-year info June 15, 2007
All units enter 2007-08 objectives June 30, 2007
Submit to SACS March
Faculty Compliance Roster
IR set up roster fall
Training for input spring
All fall 2006 faculty input complete December 2006
All spring 2007 input complete January 31, 2007
Submit to SACS March
- An Off-Site peer Review Committee meets in
Atlanta to review our Compliance Certification materials May 14-17, 2007
along with those of Dyersburg State, Motlow State, and Walters State
Community Colleges. They will review our materials before arriving in
Atlanta. After discussions in Atlanta, the Committee prepares a report of
its findings on our compliance with the Core Requirements and Comprehensive
- NSCC receives the Off-Site Committee report and
prepares a Focused Report for each area of noncompliance identified
in the Off-Site review. The most common areas of non-compliance are faculty
qualifications (CS 3.7.1) and planning and assessment (CR 2.5).
After receiving the off-site committee report, we will assign
responsibilities for the Focused Reports, which will be submitted when we submit
- NSCC submits its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
to improve students’ critical thinking skills to SACS in summer 2007, two
months before our on-site visit. Dr. Faye Jones is chairing our Quality
Enhancement Plan project.
QEP Topic Selected fall 2005
QEP Team appointed spring 2006
Best Practices/Research spring 2006
Required inservices August 2006
Development of the QEP December 2006 draft
Required inservices January 2007
Distribute draft to campus April 2007
Submit QEP Summer 2007
- An On-Site peer Review Committee will visit the
campus from October 22-24, 2007. They will prepare a written report. The
committee chair will be Dr. Elva C. LeBlanc, President of the Tarrant County
College – Northwest Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The on-site Committee will
review all issues of noncompliance identified by the Off-Site Committee.
The Committee will include one individual with expertise in Critical
Thinking. The On-Site review will concentrate on the QEP, considering
especially the following:
- Focus: Has NSCC identified a critical issue
related to student learning? Does the QEP provide a comprehensive
analysis, appropriate objectives, and clear benefits for students?
- Capability and Implementation: Does the QEP
provide a timeline, appropriate leadership, sufficient resources and
processes for carrying out the plan?
- Assessment: Does the QEP demonstrate means
for determining the success of the QEP?
- Broad-Based Involvement: Have all aspects
of NSCC, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, and board
members been involved in the development of the QEP? Do they know about
it? Are faculty members in all programs engaged?
Revise QEP as appropriate October-December 2007
Begin implementation January 2008
- NSCC prepares a response to the On-Site Committee’s
recommendations and submits it to SACS within five months (February, 2008)
after the On-Site Committee visit.
Assignments will be made and plans for improvement developed
depending on recommendations
- The Commission on Colleges reviews the report of the
On-Site Committee and the NSCC response and takes action on NSCC’s
reaffirmation in June 2008. They can recommend reaffirmation with or
without additional follow-up reports, sanctions, or non-reaffirmation.
Assignments will be made for required follow-up reports/
The Quality Enhancement Plan will be implemented.
- NSCC submits a five-year progress report on the
implementation of the QEP in 2013.
3/7/2007 ejw SACS folder;
SACS process calendar file