Rollins College Regional Accreditation Reaffirmed

Rollins College has earned accreditation for another 10 years from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

It was announced Tuesday, December 8, at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in Houston that Rollins College’s regional accreditation was reaffirmed with no recommendations for improvement. The College’s accreditation is assured through 2025, when the next decennial review will occur. Rollins was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1927 and has been continuously accredited since that time.

SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body for higher education institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees in the 11 U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America.

“A successful comprehensive continuing-accreditation study demands the attention of the entire campus community,” said Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “This outcome demonstrates how much we all are committed to Rollins and believe in our shared work.”

Accreditation is a form of self-regulation and quality assurance in higher education. For the last three years, the Rollins Accreditation Leadership Team (ALT), composed of faculty and staff from across the campus, spearheaded the reaffirmation-compliance effort. The College’s Compliance Report, a nearly 500-page document, was submitted to SACSCOC in February 2015. A subsequent on-site visiting committee of representatives from peer institutions from across Southern states took place in March 2015.

As part of the reaffirmation process, faculty-led teams also developed the College’s SACSCOC-required quality enhancement plan (QEP), R-Compass. R-Compass is an exciting new initiative that aims to help prepare undergraduate Rollins students for their lives and careers after graduation by integrating career preparation tools, training, and resources into the faculty-student advising relationship.

Craig McAllaster, interim vice president for Academic Affairs and interim provost, co-chair of the College’s ALT, noted, “Reaffirmation without recommendations would not have been possible without the efforts of the many faculty and staff members who contributed to compliance documents and QEP project development.”

“This reaffirmation confirms that Rollins’ mission is appropriate; that we have the resources, programs and services in place to accomplish and sustain our mission; and that we have demonstrated to our peers our achievement of goals and ongoing improvements related to that mission,” said Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness Toni Holbrook, who, along with former provost Carol Bresnahan, provided leadership for reaffirmation efforts.

According to Udeth Lugo, the College’s director of institutional research and SACSCOC liaison, “Reaffirmation by our regional accrediting agency recognizes the quality of a Rollins College education, the hard work of faculty and staff, and the College’s commitment to student success. Quality improvement is a continuous process at Rollins, as we are constantly seeking to improve our process and outcomes, through ongoing measurement, reflection and innovation.”