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Drake State Receives Accreditation From Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


     J.F. Drake State Technical College has received membership into the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
     SACS accreditation recognizes the quality of education provided to students, the high level of faculty credentials, and the overall effectiveness of the institution. It signifies that the institution has a mission appropriate to higher education; has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission; and maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
     Drake State President Helen T. McAlpine said of the SACS accreditation, “This is an important milestone in the life of our college, and I am so grateful to our faculty and staff who worked as an incredible team to make this a dream realized.”
     SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the South. Drake State submitted the application for SACS membership in 2009, was admitted to candidacy in 2010, and subsequently underwent a rigorous assessment of compliance to SACS accreditation standards through an accreditation committee appointed by SACS. The Compliance and Reports Committee of SACS reviewed the report of the accreditation committee and awarded membership on June 21, 2012. Accreditation is effective January 1, 2012.
     The major significance of regional accreditation is the transferability of general education courses. Students will be able to transfer their general education courses to any regionally accredited four-year college throughout the United States.

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