2017 SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation

About every ten years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) member institutions are required to undergo a comprehensive internal and external review in order to receive reaffirmation of accreditation. Cape Fear Community College underwent its decennial review by SACSCOC in 2005-2007 and is scheduled to undergo its next decennial review 2015-2017.

2017 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Timeline

The following calendar marks important dates during CFCC’s 2017 Reaffirmation of Accreditation process.

  • December, 2014: CFCC’s leadership attends SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Orientation.
  • March 1, 2016: CFCC’s Compliance Certification Document due to SACS
  • May 17-18, 2016: SACSCOC Off-Site Peer Review of CFCC’s Compliance Document Conducted in Atlanta.
  • Six weeks ahead of on-site visit: CFCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan due to SACSCOC.
  • October 25-27, 2016: SACSCOC On-Site Review Conducted at CFCC.
  • June, 2017: Review by Commission on Colleges’ Board of Trustees to make a decision regarding CFCC’s accreditation status.

2017 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Documentation

What is SACSCOC?

SACSCOC stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It’s one of seven regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Commissions on Colleges accredits institutions of higher learning in the Southern region of the United States.

Why is it important that CFCC is accredited?

Being accredited by SACSCOC is essential to the continued operation of Cape Fear Community College.  Having accreditation means that CFCC’s credits will transfer to other colleges and universities, students are able to receive federal funds for financial aid and the college receives funding from the state.  In short, without accreditation, a college is ineligible for state and federal funding, its academic degrees are less valued and its overall reputation and value as an educational institution is diminished.

What happens during the reaffirmation process?

The accreditation process and review focuses on what institutions do to enhance student learning outcomes, the fundamental output of higher education.  The reaffirmation process involves a two-step process: demonstrating compliance with the Commission on Colleges’ Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements; and developing a Quality Enhancement Plan that focuses on enhancing student learning outcomes or the environment to support student learning.  Accreditation involves every aspect of a school’s mission and operations – from the board room to the classroom.

SACSCOC Accreditation Archives:



As a part of the Reaffirmation of Accreditation process, Cape Fear Community College submitted its last Compliance Certification report to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on March 10, 2006.  This report has been made available to everyone at http://cfcc.edu/SACS/.

In April and May of 2006 the SACS Off-Site Committee members conducted reviews of CFCC’s Compliance Certification, which culminated in a Preliminary Findings report.  This report was received by Cape Fear Community College on June 5, 2006.  You are encouraged to look at a summary of the Preliminary Findings report linked at the bottom of this page.

During June, July and August the SACS Leadership Team and others produced a Focused Report in response to the Preliminary Findings report, which was due to the Commission by September 19, 2006.  At that same time the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was submitted to the Commission, as well.

Following receipt of our Focused Report and the QEP, SACS brought an On-Site Committee to CFCC in October 2006 to take a closer look at the QEP and any outstanding issues of the Compliance Certification report.

In June 2007 the Commission conducted its final review of all applicable reports related to CFCC’s reaffirmation of accreditation and recommended that CFCC be reaffirmed for accreditation without follow-up.

SACS Accreditation Teams – View CFCC’s broad-based involvement during this process.

3/10/06 – CFCC’s Compliance Certification

6/15/06 – Summary of Off-site Preliminary

9/15/06 – Focused Report

11/15/06 – Results from the on-site committee visit

Quality Enhancement Plan Assessment