St. Petersburg College, the oldest state college in Florida, is being hailed as a model for other colleges regarding its interim accreditation report.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges wants to display St. Petersburg College’s Fifth-Year Interim Report at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
“We would like to allow institutions that are beginning the process to view your materials as an example,” Carol S. Hollins, Director of Institutional Support at the SACS Commission on Colleges, said in an email to the college.
The college’s accreditation is in effect through 2018. However, SACS-COC now requires an extensive review at the midpoint to ensure that colleges remain committed to their standards of excellence throughout the 10-year accreditation cycle.
Made up of 51 members, the SACSCOC Working Group at St. Petersburg College began meeting in April 2010 to develop a work plan and share progress on each section of the Fifth-Year Interim Report.
Each group, represented by both faculty champions and administrative staff, collaboratively researched, gathered evidence, drafted and revised a particular section of the overall report. In 2012, a smaller group edited and completed the final revisions for submission in September of 2013.
“SPC was well represented in its report, which received the highest level of approval of no follow up reporting needed during the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2013,” said Sabrina Crawford, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the EpiCenter.
Though the committee has taken some time off, it plans to reconvene soon to begin planning for the re-affirmation in 2018. At that time, the college will submit the accreditation report as well as the next Quality Enhancement Plan.