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SACSCOC reaffirms Blinn’s accreditation

Blinn has fulfilled and documented all 95 educational standards

June 12, 2015

Blinn College’s 10-year reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is officially complete.

Blinn’s 10-year review with SACSCOC was a comprehensive evaluation process that focuses on institution-wide goals, processes and outcomes as related to the College’s purpose and mission.

“This success was a team effort; it required hard work and cooperation from personnel across a wide variety of departments, divisions and campuses,” said Joe Baumann, dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management.

“It is very fulfilling to see all that effort produce not only a successful reaffirmation, but also help us improve the student experience at Blinn College.”

SACSCOC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with more than 800 member schools, including Blinn. The reaccreditation process improves quality throughout member schools and assures the public that each institution meets established standards as gatekeepers for federal financial aid.

Each institution must demonstrate with documentation that it is fulfilling 95 educational standards. The process began with a compliance certification report, in which Blinn provided a self-review of its compliance with SACSCOC regulations. Blinn’s compliance certification was due March 1, 2014. An off-site peer committee then reviewed the certification report and, based upon the committee’s critique, Blinn responded with additional supporting documents.

Last October, an on-site committee of external peer reviewers visited the College and produced a report for review by SACSCOC. The SACSCOC Board of Trustees voted to reaffirm Blinn’s accreditation in their meeting on June 11.

As part of its 10-year review, Blinn created a Quality Enhancement Plan called Destination Success: First-Year Focus. As part of this initiative, Blinn will create learning communities consisting entirely of first-year college students, which national research has shown increases students’ learning outcomes and retention rate.

Beginning this Fall, first-year students without a declared major can take part in a learning community in which they take two core courses and a college success course with the same classmates, creating a natural peer support network. The core courses, which include freshman biology, English, history and mathematics, are then taught by instructors who work together to create activities and assignments that challenge students in both subject matters.

About Blinn College
A comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement, Blinn College has served its 13-county Central Texas region since 1883. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence.

Blinn offers job seekers the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the region’s fast-growing industries, and partners with local businesses to provide skills development training for incumbent employees. Each year, Blinn programs and students make a $345.3 million impact on the local economy.

For more information about Blinn College and exciting student success initiatives such as Destination Success: First-Year Focus and the Blinn TEAM Program, visit www.blinn.edu or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.