Brescia University was reaffirmed in its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and School, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) at its annual meeting in Houston, (December 8-10). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation for degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. Regional accreditation is considered the gold standard of all accreditations and guarantees to students, parents and others that the education that Brescia provides is at the expected quality for a higher education institution. The accreditation came with no findings, no recommendations, and no additional monitoring report required.
Brescia University President, Fr. Larry Hostetter stated, “Every ten years Brescia University goes through an exhaustive review by SACSCOC to guarantee the high quality of the Brescia educational experience. I am deeply grateful to all of the staff and faculty for all of their hard work that led to this very positive outcome of our decennial review. Reaffirmation of accreditation with no additional monitoring report highlights not only the diligence of our people in putting together the required report but also the dedication that they bring to the Brescia Difference every day since we were last reaffirmed. Reaffirmation does not occur in a vacuum but because of the daily commitment of faculty and staff, to the Brescia Difference. Without that commitment, we would not have had such a positive result.”
SACSCOC requires all colleges and universities in the southeast to make a case once every decade that they are compliant with all 84 Core Requirements and Standards of the Principles of Accreditation. The process to get reaffirmation starts with a Compliance Certification, a Quality Enhancement Plan, an Off-Site Reaffirmation Review, an On-Site Reaffirmation Review, and finally a Review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. The On-Site Reaffirmation Review was held on the University’s campus in March of this year. Accreditation is required for students to be eligible for federal and state student aid. It also affects the transferability of credits. Foundations and individuals who offer grants and donations are also interested in the quality of an institution’s educational experience.