Brenau recently filed its Fifth-Year Interim Report with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
This is the first time Brenau has filed such a report. In the past SACSCOC has required the submission of a comprehensive report every 10 years in order to reaffirm accreditation. In response to Department of Education requirements to monitor institutions on a more frequent basis, SACSCOC created a fifth-year report requirement that falls halfway between reaffirmations.
This report includes approximately 20 of the standards required in the 10-year submission and addresses areas such as number of full-time faculty, student support services, student achievement measures, physical facilities and finances. It also includes a report discussing the results of Brenau’s Quality Enhancement Plan on critical thinking.
Accreditation serves many purposes. Ongoing accreditation affirms the educational quality of the institution as a whole. In order for students to qualify for federal financial aid programs, educational institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation also facilitates the transfer of credits for students, because regionally accredited colleges and universities typically accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions.
Marlene Giguere, dean of library services and SACSCOC liason, and Amy Wages, library administrative assistant, spearheaded completion of this report.
“I hope everybody on faculty and staff will join me in congratulating Marlene and Amy for getting this report completed,” said President Ed Schrader. “There was a lot of work involved, and they did an outstanding job in pulling together all of the pieces.”