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    Accreditation reaffirmation team visits LSCPA

    Lamar State College Port Arthur is hosting the accreditation reaffirmation committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges the week of October 24, 2022.

    This is the fourth of five steps for the college to earn reaffirmation of its accreditation through the SACSCOC. During its visit, the accreditation team will meet with faculty, staff and students during a three to four-day period to confirm the college’s continued dedication to rigorous standards set forth by both the SACSCOC and the college.

    “A great deal of effort goes into making sure LSCPA meets and exceeds every expectation set forth by the ideals of SACSCOC,” LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard said. “Accreditation is among the most critical aspects of operating a successful institution of higher education. We’ve worked very hard and we’re looking forward to meeting with the SACSCOC team.”

    The 10-year process of meeting SACSCOC accreditation is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its nearly 800 public and private member institutions. Through successful accreditation, LSCPA can continue to offer degrees and certificates as well as financial aid opportunities.

    The reaffirmation process began with a compliance certification report used by LSCPA to attest its determination and the extent of its compliance with each of the principles of accreditation for review by peers. The on-site visit is a critical aspect of the college’s accreditation-worthiness with a vote by the elected members of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees to take place afterwards.

    The reaffirmation process requires the development and implementation of a Quality Enhancement Plan. LSCPA’s plan, Ride the Wave, is focused on “Empowering Faculty to Empower Students.”

    LSCPA’s QEP focuses the college’s efforts on improving rates of successful course completions, course retention rates, and scores. In addition, efforts also focus on persistence rates across semesters and, ultimately, graduation rates.

    “Student success is our measuring stick; it’s why we’re here,” said Dr. Reynard. “Every effort, whether it’s through finance, campus construction, curriculum development, even student activities, is focused on providing our students an avenue to success.”