Birmingham-Southern College has been granted reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), officials announced Thursday. The move, taken by the SACSCOC board at its meeting on June 11 and announced on the agency's website, reaffirms the college accreditation until 2025, demonstrating BSC's strength academically and financially. It comes after several years of effort by BSC faculty, staff, administration, students, and Board members to demonstrate the institution's commitment to excellence and to meeting 80 standards set by SACSCOC. The accrediting agency reported no negative findings or recommendations for BSC, a rare occurrence.<.p>
"This could not have been accomplished without the hard work of all hands," said General Charles C. Krulak, BSC's outgoing president, who shepherded the college through the reaffirmation process. "We are on the right track, and with our new president, I see a bright future for Birmingham-Southern."
During its review of the college's Compliance Certification Report and an on-site visit, the SACSCOC On-Site Committee evaluated the college's ability to meet the agency's core and comprehensive standards relating to mission, governance, educational quality, institutional effectiveness, faculty, library, student services, financial resources, and physical resources.
In addition, SACSCOC requires each institution undergoing reaffirmation to develop a five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve student learning. As part of its QEP, BSC launched its rise3 initiative, which enriches the college's liberal arts core and enhances the commitment to experiential learning by giving all students access to student-faculty collaborative research, internships, and service-learning.