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Frequently Asked Questions

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOCCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process. 

What is the "Reaffirmation Report?"
The Reaffirmation Report is the documentation prepared by the institution that provides evidence that the institution is in compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. BCF prepares and writes a Reaffirmation Report every 10 years, and there is an interim “Fifth Year Report” in between each 10 year cycle. BCF was originally accredited by SACSCOCCOC in 2008 and submitted a Fifth Year Report in 2014.

What are the SACSCOC requirements?
The SACSCOC requirements are called the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. They are a list of principles and standards that we need to meet in order to be in full compliance with SACSCOC and receive our reaffirmation of accreditation.

Who's involved in the process at BCF?
Many people from all around the College are actively involved in preparing the Reaffirmation Report. The President has appointed a SACSCOCCOC Liaison and an Institutional Effectiveness Professor to oversee the development of the report. Faculty members and assistants are also involved in writing portions of the report. Annually, each Program submits paperwork that verifies program development and student learning in targeted Program Student Learning Outcomes.

What does BCF have to do to retain accreditation with SACSCOC?
BCF must prepare a report every 10 years that shows that the University is in compliance with all sections of the SACSCOCCOC Principles of Accreditation. In the interim, a Fifth Year Report is also submitted and must show compliance in all areas of the Principles of Accreditation.

How does the submission process work?
Annually, Program reports are submitted electronically. At the fifth year in the cycle, the electronic reports are compiled and a report is written to describe compliance with all areas of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. At the tenth year in the cycle, the reports and Fifth Year Reports are reviewed and written up to reflect the Principles of Accreditation. An off-site reviewer reads the report and offers feedback for improvement. At the Tenth year of the cycle, a review team will visit the campus to follow up on the off-site team report. The SACSCOCCOC Review Team will make a determination whether or not BCF is in compliance with each requirement, and will report those findings to SACSCOCCOC.

What are other Universities SACSCOC projects like?
Every university under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation is required to meet the same principles and standards. In addition to this basic set of responses.
While the requirements are the same, the ways universities meet the requirements are unique to the resources and creativity of each school. You can find details on the process from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges website.

What if I want to file a complaint with SACSCOC?
The Baptist College of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, aka The Commission. The Commission is to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Procedures have been established to provide a mechanism for the Commission to consider complaints that address significant violations of the Commission's standards. Any person who has information that he or she feels should come to the attention of the Commission may submit a complaint in writing to the Commission on Colleges at:
1866 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500.

The Commission has a form at their website at addition to completing the form, the complaint should state the nature of the complaint, then briefly describe the details of the complaint in the clearest possible language and indicate how the institution has violated specific provisions of the Principles of Accreditation. The complainant should then describe the steps taken to exhaust the institution's grievance process, describe the action taken by the institution to date, and provide a copy of the institution's response to the complainant as a result of the prescribed procedures.

I've still got questions. How do I ask questions about BCF and SACSCOC?
For additional information you can contact the SACSCOCCOC Liaison or Institutional Review Professor. You can also find more information on the SACSCOC website.