In preparing for Reaffirmation of Accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, South Plains College conducted an audit of its compliance with the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements that comprise the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (2012). The findings of this audit are reported in SPC's Compliance Certification Report that was submitted for review to the Commission on Colleges on March 11, 2013.
The report was reviewed by an Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee that determined the level of compliance for each standard in the Compliance Certification. The committee prepared a report that contained two elements of their judgement: the declaration of compliance or non-compliance with the requirement or standard and the narrative providing the details that support that declaration. The Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee reviewed SPC's Compliance Certification Report May 7-8, 2013, and requested the College provide additional documentation demonstrating compliance with seven (7) Comprehensive Standards and two (2) Federal Requirements.
South Plains College prepared a Focused Report that addressed the compliance documentation issues and submitted that report to the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee September 6, 2013. The Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee conducted its site visit to South Plains College October 14-17, 2013 to verify compliance with the Commission on College's Principles of Accreditation and to review the College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
In its Peer Review Report, the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee issued two compliance recommendations concerning Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 Faculty Competence and Comprehensive Standard 3.12.1 Substantive Change. Additionally, the committee found the College's QEP -- ESP@SPC -- to be acceptable and offered three recommendations for improving the five-year plan. The Report of the Reaffirmation Committee was finalized and filed with the SACS Commission on Colleges and South Plains College in December 2013.
South Plains College subsequently prepared a Response to the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee, addressing the compliance and QEP recommendations. This Response Report was submitted to the Commission on Colleges by March 17, 2014. The report was reviewed by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees at its June 2014 meeting. South Plains College received notification of actions taken by the Board of Trustees regarding Reaffirmation of Accreditation in a letter dated July 9, 2014 from Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., President of SACSCOC, which noted: "The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reaffirmed accreditation. No additional report was requested."
South Plains College is in the process of implementing its Quality Enhancement Plan -- ESP@SPC. An Impact Report of the Quality Enhancement Plan on Student Learning and a Fifth-Year Interim Report will be due spring 2019.
The College's next reaffirmation will take place in 2024.
Reaffirmation Leadership Team
Dr. Kelvin Sharp, President
Jim Walker, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cathy Mitchell, Vice President for Student Affairs -- Quality Enhancement Plan Co-Chair
Anthony Riley, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Stephen John, Vice President for Institutional Advancement -- Compliance Certification Chair
Dr. Laura Graves, Social Science Department Chairperson and Professor of History and Government -- Quality Enhancement Plan Co-Chair
Shanna Donica, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment