Southern State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The 2015-2016 HLC comprehensive reaffirmation visit affirmed Southern State's accreditation and entry into the Open Pathway. This pathway follows a 10-year cycle inclusive of assurance reviews, quality initiative projects, and comprehensive evaluation. It affords Southern State the opportunity to pursue improvement projects that meet current needs and institutional aspirations. The next assurance review is scheduled for 2019-2020 and the next comprehensive reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for 2025-2026. Interim reports stemming from the 2015-2016 visit include:
- Federal Compliance | Credit Hours and Learning Outcomes (Due February 2017)
– HLC Staff Analysis
- Interim Report on Assessment and student retention, persistence, and completion (Due November 30, 2017)
For more information on accreditation contact:
- Higher Learning Commission
- 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
- Chicago, IL 60604
You might be asking, "What is accreditation affirmation anyway and what does it mean to me?" Well, the first part is easy. Accreditation affirmation is an institutional process designed to demonstrate that our college is engaging in assumed practices and fulfilling obligations of affiliation that affirm our credibility. In short, accreditation is our quality seal of approval and promise to the world that we are a real deal college
Institutional credibility is the aspect of accreditation common among all stakeholders. The extent to which various stakeholders play a role in accreditation, however, is different. You may not think so but we believe everyone plays a role in accreditation. Explore the ways you might engage in Southern State’s accreditation reaffirmation and get involved for the long haul.
Accreditation means more to students than to perhaps any other group. It’s the reason a degree holds value in a competitive world and it’s the reason financial aid is available to those seeking higher learning. Throughout the college experience, beyond the main stage of the academic classroom, there are a number of touch points where the College’s quest for quality is front and center in a student’s world.
You might recognize the accreditation touch points through your interaction with the Student Success Center or your invitation to complete a graduate survey. Actually, there are many other aspects of your college experience where the things you do or the response you offer are directly linked to accreditation.
Faculty & Staff
Accreditation is simply the process of providing evidence of continuous quality improvement and aspirations and having those efforts validated. Making the case for quality assurance is so much a part of the College’s core that it is often difficult to separate accreditation as a special project or initiative but occasionally, the College must pause to offer specific evidence to this end. Specific processes, procedures and activities are synonymous with accreditation and this is where everyone gets involved.
You might recognize some of the institutional activities directly linked to accreditation such as program review, assessment of student learning, performance evaluation and strategic planning exercises.
Community & Business
Many would suggest that higher education’s accreditation model is much like the business sector’s wide array of quality improvement initiatives and in many respects, they would be correct. Similar to the role of a consumer, those who benefit from Southern State’s product, have an important role in informing and supporting the College’s journey toward continuous quality improvement. Communities, business and otherwise, who coexist with the College have an important role ranging from information you might share to make a program stronger, tips on better preparing students for workforce demands, to offering work experience to hiring our graduates.
Your role in assisting with program needs assessments, supporting internships and coops, and service on advisory councils is critical in supporting our accreditation activities.
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The accreditation process is governed by The Criteria for Accreditation. Within the Criteria there are Criterion Statements and Core Components that ensure institutional effectiveness. Underlying the Criteria and Core Components is a set of assumptions shred by the community of practice within higher education and made explicit in the section on Assumed Practices.
The Criteria for Accreditation
The Assumed Practices
Foundational to the Criteria and Core Components is a set of practices shared by institutions of higher education in the United States. Unlike Criteria and Core Components, these Assumed Practices are (1) generally matters to be determined as facts, rather than matters requiring professional judgment and (2) unlikely to vary by institutional mission or context.
Submitted Assurance Argument
Medical Assistant Technology
The Southern State Community College Medical Assistant Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
- Clearwater, FL 33763
View the Program Goals and Objectives
In the most recent complete reporting year, 2016, the Medical Assistant Technology program at Southern State Community College has an employer satisfaction rate of 100%, a graduate education satisfaction rate of 100%, and a credentialing examination pass rate of 85.71% (CMA(AAMA) and/or RMA(AMT)).
The Medical Assisting Program, now with an accredited certificate offering within an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, was first offered in the 1978 catalog and began the data collection process for program accreditation application in 1991. Initial program accreditation was awarded in 1994, with re-accreditation in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014, and 2018, with ongoing program accreditation reassessment survey to be completed in 2028.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc.) and has full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
- 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
- Atlanta, GA 30326
The Practical Nursing program has the full approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing.
The Respiratory Care program holds Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. (www.coarc.com)
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
- 1248 Harwood Road
- Bedford, Texas 76021-4244