Voorhees College receives reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS

June 20, 2012

Voorhees College has been reaffirmed accreditation for the next 10 years from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  

President Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. said the reaffirmation is another huge milestone the institution has achieved through the combined efforts of faculty, staff and students.  

“This is an exciting time for us at Voorhees because everyone worked so hard toward this goal,” President Sellers said. “The reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) keeps the institution on the right path of becoming a premier liberal arts institution.”  

Every 10 years, SACS’ Commission on Colleges conducts an in-depth internal evaluation of institution’s policies and academic programs to ensure compliance with standards for the education of students. Reaffirmation indicates that institutional programs meet or exceed national standards, and it also is important with regard to an institution offering financial aid to students.  

A major component for Voorhees to receive reaffirmation was the completion of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Voorhees’ QEP was centered on improving the writing skills of its students, and the QEP’s theme was “Journeying Through Writing: From Thought to Expression.”  

Since first earning accreditation from SACS in 1946 as Voorhees School and Junior College, Voorhees has remained accredited. Additionally, Voorhees was the first Historically Black College or University in South Carolina to be accredited by SACS.  

The SACS Reaffirmation process was led by Samuel Blackwell, vice president for planning and information management. This was the third consecutive time Blackwell has led Voorhees through a successful reaffirmation.  

“I sincerely appreciate the Leadership Team for assisting me throughout the SACS Reaffirmation process,” said Blackwell. “Our job is to now demonstrate sustainability and implement our Quality Enhancement Plan.”