ASHEVILLE NC – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) officially announced the reaccreditation of A-B Tech for the next 10 years during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville last week.
A-B Tech has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1969. SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body for 11 southern states and Latin America for higher education institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
“This is wonderful news that affirms the quality of programs, faculty and staff at A-B Tech,” said President Dennis King, who oversaw A-B Tech’s reaccreditation process last year. “A-B Tech’s reaccreditation assures our students and community that we are effectively fulfilling our mission. SACSCOC accreditation is significant because it determines whether our students’ degrees, certificates and coursework are accepted by four-year institutions and potential employers.”
A-B Tech also participates in the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities, to create the smooth transfer of students. Several state private colleges and universities also endorse the articulation agreement, including local institutions Brevard College, Mars Hill University, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College.
Colleges seeking reaccreditation must demonstrate compliance with SACSCOC requirements and also develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses student learning issues. A-B Tech’s QEP will focus on student online success with the goal of improving the readiness of students entering 100 percent online classes. For more information about A-B Tech’s SACSCOC accreditation and QEP, please visit: abtech.edu/SACS.
The process for accreditation assesses an institution’s effectiveness in the fulfillment of its mission, its compliance with the requirements of its accrediting association, and its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and its programs and services.