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Accreditation

Lamar State College Port Arthur is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate level. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500, http://www.sacs.org for questions about the accreditation of Lamar State College Port Arthur.

The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard of The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.


Mission

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of education quality throughout the region and the improvement of the effectiveness of institution by ensuring that they meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Latin America, and other international sites approved by SACSCOC that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. SACSCOC also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees its offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) adheres to the following fundamental characteristics of accreditation:

  • Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and is an earned and renewable status.
  • Member institutions develop, amend, and approve accreditation requirements
  • The process of accreditation is representative, responsive, and appropriate to the types of institutions accredited.
  • Accreditation is a form of self-regulation
  • Accreditation requires institutional commitment and engagement.
  • Accreditation is based upon a peer review process.
  • Accreditation requires an institutional commitment to student learning and achievement.
  • Accreditation acknowledges an institution’s prerogative to articulate its mission, including a religious mission, within the recognized context of higher education and its responsibility to show that it is accomplishing its mission
  • Accreditation requires institutional commitment to the concept of quality enhancement through continuous assessment and improvement.
  • Accreditation expects an institution to develop a balanced governing structure designed to promote institutional integrity, autonomy and flexibility of operation
  • Accreditation expects an institution to ensure that its programs are complemented by support structures and resources that allow for the total growth and development of its students.