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2027 SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation

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 2015-2017, and its next decennial review will be 2025-2027.

2027 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Timeline

The following calendar marks important dates during CFCC’s 2027 Reaffirmation of Accreditation process.

    October 15, 2021: CFCC to receive Notification Letter form the SACSCOC President.
    September 15, 2022: Due date for the Fifth-Year Interim Report
    December 2022: Review by the Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports

2027 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Documentation


Frequently Asked Questions

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 focus 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.

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 focus 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.
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