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BPC report accepted by SACS
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The agency overseeing the accreditation status of Brewton-Parker College has approved a follow-up report recently submitted by the institution, solidifying BPC’s status as a fully-accredited college.
In a letter to Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker, Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), stated that the Commission “reviewed the institution’s Fifth Year Follow-Up Report following reaffirmation of accreditation” and that “no additional report was requested.”
Dr. Smith was pleased with the agency’s decision and says the approval indicates that BPC can continue to move forward with confidence in providing its students with a quality, fully-accredited Christian education.
“Most small colleges and universities in the southern United States are required to submit a fifth-year report of financial progress in order to meet all accreditation requirements,” said Dr. Smith. “The Commission on Colleges’ full acceptance of our report offers just one more indicator that Brewton-Parker College has fully recovered from the financial stress of the late 1990's.”
“Regular reporting to our accrediting agency is an important process, and we are pleased that our most recent report has been accepted,” said Dr. Ron Melton, provost of BPC. “We continue to work on an ongoing basis to make certain that we are in compliance with all the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.”
The Fifth Year Follow-Up Report is considered an interim report and is a routine part of the Commission’s main review process, which happens in ten year cycles.
As part of its report, Brewton-Parker submitted data on enrollment trends since the Commission’s last full review in 2001. The institution’s overall financial health status was also included in the report.
With the Commission stating that “no additional report was requested,” Brewton-Parker maintains its accreditation and can prepare for the next full accreditation review by the Commission which is scheduled for 2011.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional accreditation body for institutions in the southern part of the United States – including Latin America – that award associate, bachelor, master, and/or doctorate degrees. The Commission is the main accreditation agency for colleges in Georgia.
According to its website, being accredited by the Commission on Colleges “signifies that an institution has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” Accreditation also signifies, according to the Commission, “that an institution maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.”