Albemarle, NC – Stanly Community College (SCC) was reviewed successfully by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional oversight authority. The action by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees required no further reporting for the next five years when the accreditation reaffirmation process will begin again.

SCC has been continuously accredited since it began submitting to the organization in 1979. During the months-long process, the oversight body looked at the quality of the academics, graduation rate of students, fiscal responsibility and more. Accreditation effectively acts as a report card for a college and lets its students and community know if it is a trustworthy and rigorous institution of higher education. This designation is the college’s Fifth Year Interim Review and is designed to check in with the institutions at the mid-way point in the ten-year reaffirmation process.

Dr. Carmen Nunalee, the vice president of Strategy and Performance, was deeply involved in the accreditation process. She said this designation should signal to the communities SCC serves that it is continuing to strive for academic excellence and is a good steward of the public funds it receives.

“It means that SCC is providing a quality education at the level and rigor that is needed for higher education. Our students are able to go out into the workforce with the training they need, or to transfer to a four-year institution with the background they need with foundational courses obtained in our university transfer program,” she said. “It reassures our students that the education they receive is exemplary and that SCC cares and is continually improving how we perform.”

This particular review took a thorough look into student achievement, educational policies and the quality of SCC’s faculty, Nunalee said. SACSCOC reviewed data from the college including graduation rates, matriculation, tutoring and support services.

SCC will be up for its next ten year accreditation in 2025.

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