LaGrange College accreditation reaffirmed
Dec. 11, 2013
LaGrange College's accreditation has been reaffirmed for the next 10 years by
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, according
to President Dan McAlexander.
McAlexander received the news Tuesday, and said it is confirmation that the college
continues to be recognized as a school of excellence.
"The integrity and quality of the work we do at LaGrange College has been validated
by our peers," he said. "It is an honor to emerge from such a rigorous process
with a solid endorsement."
SACS-COC is responsible for accrediting all colleges and universities in the Southern
Every 10 years, a college's or university's accreditation must be reaffirmed,
provided it meets all standards set by SACS-COC. The process includes written reports
and on-site visits. That information is given to the organization's board, which
makes the final decision on accreditation.
"Every aspect of the college met all core requirements and standards set by the
COC," Provost David Garrison said. "It is a solid indicator of the quality of our
institution that we have been reaffirmed with no follow-up concerns."
President Dan McAlexander praised the leadership of the school's cabinet and faculty
and staff leaders throughout the SACS-COC process.
"Everyone worked so diligently to make this possible," he said. "I am profoundly
thankful for each person's commitment to the transformative experiences of our
students here. That focus is what guides everything we do, and it is gratifying
to know it was noticed."
The college's Quality Enhancement Plan, a necessary component of accreditation,
garnered high praise in March from the visiting SACS-COC team, who called it an
exemplary document and recommended it be used as a model for other institutions.
Global Engagement is the focus of LaGrange's QEP, a five-year plan designed to
transform the living and learning experiences of students while preparing them
to be global citizens. As part of the plan, the college provides a $2,500 travel
voucher for incoming freshmen to use to study abroad their junior or senior year.
Bill Hodges, Chairman of the college's Board of Trustees, said he was thrilled
with the news, but not entirely surprised.
"I've come to expect great things from this college's faculty, staff and leadership
team," he said. "It is a privilege to work with them to help prepare our students
to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and