NE State earns SACSCOC continued accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has continued its accreditation of Northeast State Community College as part of its routine five-year interim review of the college and its operations, the Tennessee Board of Regents announced today.

SACSCOC is the prestigious regional accreditation agency for 11 Southern states and one of seven regional education accrediting associations in the United States recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct accreditation activities. Accreditation is required to receive federal funding. 

Once a college or university has been accredited, it undergoes full-scale, comprehensive reaffirmation reviews every 10 years and five-year interim reviews in between the decennial reaffirmation process. The accreditation encompasses the entire institution, including branch campuses, other instructional sites, online programs, and distance learning modalities. 

As part of its recently completed five-year review of Northeast, SACSCOC also conducted routine reviews of Northeast’s instructional sites in Bristol, Johnson City, at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee High School in Bristol and Unicoi County High School in Erwin.  

After accreditors submitted their Fifth-Year Interim Report on the college, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees continued its full accreditation of Northeast State, with no additional report requested – indicating that it had no recommendations for or questions about the college after the review. The agency notified Northeast President Janice H. Gilliam in a letter.

“We extremely proud of our faculty and staff, who have played an important role in this successful 5th-year review,” Gilliam said. “Our institutional effectiveness leadership team has played a vital role in our successful accreditation renewal with no recommendations.”

Northeast’s next regular comprehensive accreditation reaffirmation review is scheduled for 2021.

Northeast is a comprehensive two-year community college providing university parallel programs for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce after graduating from Northeast, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the residents of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties, its primary service area.

The college is one of 13 community colleges in the statewide Tennessee Board of Regents system, the governing board for Tennessee’s Community Colleges, 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and six Universities.

 For more information on Northeast State Community College: http://www.northeaststate.edu/

For more information on SACSCOC: http://www.sacscoc.org/

For more information about the Tennessee Board of Regents: https://www.tbr.edu/

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