December 12, 2013
LaGrange College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, according to President Dan McAlexander.
McAlexander received the news Tuesday, and said it is confirmation that the college continues to be recognized as a school of excellence.
“The integrity and quality of the work we do at LaGrange College has been validated by our peers,” he said. “It is an honor to emerge from such a rigorous process with a solid endorsement.”
SACS-COC is responsible for accrediting all colleges and universities in the Southern United States.
Every 10 years, a college’s or university’s accreditation must be reaffirmed, provided it meets all standards set by SACS-COC. The process includes written reports and on-site visits. That information is given to the organization’s board, which makes the final decision on accreditation.
“Every aspect of the college met all core requirements and standards set by the COC,” Provost David Garrison said. “It is a solid indicator of the quality of our institution that we have been reaffirmed with no follow-up concerns.”
President Dan McAlexander praised the leadership of the school’s cabinet and faculty and staff leaders throughout the SACS-COC process.
“Everyone worked so diligently to make this possible,” he said. “I am profoundly thankful for each person’s commitment to the transformative experiences of our students here. That focus is what guides everything we do, and it is gratifying to know it was noticed.”
The college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, a necessary component of accreditation, garnered high praise in March from the visiting SACS-COC team, who called it an exemplary document and recommended it be used as a model for other institutions.
Global Engagement is the focus of LaGrange’s QEP, a five-year plan designed to transform the living and learning experiences of students while preparing them to be global citizens. As part of the plan, the college provides a $2,500 travel voucher for incoming freshmen to use to study abroad their junior or senior year.
Bill Hodges, Chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, said he was thrilled with the news, but not entirely surprised.
“I’ve come to expect great things from this college’s faculty, staff and leadership team,” he said. “It is a privilege to work with them to help prepare our students to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and moral courage.”
A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is consistently ranked in the top 10 among Southern schools by U.S.News & World Report. It is the oldest private institution of higher learning in Georgia and has an enrollment of more than 900 students.