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2019 SACSCOC Reaffirmation

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

2019 SACSCOC Reaffirmation

Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s accreditation is reaffirmed every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is a private, non-profit and voluntary organization founded in 1895 in Atlanta. For an institute to be accredited and reaffirmed, the College must demonstrate compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation and prepare a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges involves review of compliance through an off-site peer review, an onsite review, and review by the Commission’s Board of Trustees.

Quality Enhancement Plan

As part of the reaffirmation process each institute must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a required component of the reaffirmation process which addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. For more information on HGTC’s proposed 2018 QEP please visit the EPIC site.

Why is Accreditation Important?

Being accredited by the Commission on Colleges allows HGTC to demonstrate its commitment to quality education for its students. Benefits of accreditation include:

  • Eligibility for federal financial aid, grants and other support.
  • Allows for transferability of credits between HGTC and other institutions;
  • Recognition from other colleges and universities.

HGTC Leadership Team

  • Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, President
  • Dr. Becky Boone, AVP for Institutional Support, SACSCOC Liaison
  • Mr. Harold Hawley, VP for Finance and Administration, Cabinet Chair
  • Dr. Melissa Batten, VP for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Jennifer Wilbanks, VP for Academic Affairs
  • Mrs. Lori Heafner, AVP for Institutional Planning, Research and Grants

Decennial Reaffirmation Timeline

December 2016 Orientation Session for HGTC’s Leadership Team
January 2017 – February 2018 Writing Narrative and Collecting Supporting Documentation for Compliance Certification
March 1, 2018 Submit Compliance Certification
April 23-24, 2018 Off-Site Committee Meets
May 2018 – August 2018 Write Focused Report and QEP Report
May 22-23, 2018 SACSCOC Staff Advisory visit
August 15, 2018 Submit Focused Report and QEP
October 2  4, 2018 On-Site Committee Visit
November  January 2019 Prepare Response to On-Site Committee Findings
June 2019 Reaffirmation Decision

For more information or questions about the SACSCOC Reaffirmation please contact:

Dr. Becky Boone, SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison

Email: Becky.Boone@hgtc.edu

Phone: (843) 349-5274