Greensboro College Accreditor Accepts College’s Five-Year Interim Report

July 7, 2021 11:47 am
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July 7, 2021
Greensboro College Office of Communications

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), has accepted the college’s five-year accreditation report and is not requiring any additional reporting.

“This means that GC met all expectations of the Fifth Year Report requirements with no further action needed,” said President Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D.

This is the second time in five years that the college’s accreditor has deemed the college’s report clean. The college’s decennial accreditation reaffirmation report in 2016 also was accepted without the requirement of any additional reporting. Each of the two reports, which are scheduled five years apart, is required every 10 years.

“While there are numerous reports required to maintain our accreditation in good standing with SACSCOC, it is now our recent record that the two major primary reporting requirements — the 2016 decennial reaffirmation review and the 2021 Fifth Year Report — have been accepted by SACSCOC with no further reporting required,” Czarda said. “Those results are simply the best review an institution can receive.”

SACSCOC often has questions or concerns and so seeks additional or continuing reporting on certain aspects of colleges’ decennial accreditation reaffirmation reviews or the intervening Fifth Year Reports. That SACSCOC did not ask Greensboro College to provide any additional reporting shows that SACSCOC and its Board of Directors were satisfied that Greensboro College has adequately documented its adherence to SACSCOC accreditation standards.

That achievement is particularly remarkable, Czarda said, in light of the challenges facing not just Greensboro College but all small, private, liberal-arts colleges – primarily, the steep drop in the number of college-age students in the U.S. and the requirements of maintaining a functional learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many faculty and staff members assisted in various ways with the college’s five-year interim report, Czarda noted. He singled out in particular Dr. Dana L. Dalton, the college’s Director of Assessment Activities and liaison to SACSCOC, and Anna Marie Rogers, the college’s Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Faculty.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.


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