SACS Self Study
South Plains College conducted a Self-Study under the guidance of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during the 2001-2002 academic year. The purpose of the institutional self-study program is to maintain and improve institutional effectiveness and to provide the public with reliable professional judgements about the educational quality found at South Plains College.
This self-examination resulted in the 2001-2002 Self Study Report which was issued October 1, 2002. The report presented the findings of the Self-Study Committees' evaluations and analyses conducted during the 2001-2002 school year. For examination purposes, the six Principal Committees, composed of 103 faculty, staff and administrators, applied to our institution the specific criteria statements from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Criteria for Accreditation. Collectively, the committees made 18 recommendations and 26 suggestions for improvement.
The Self-Study Report presents South Plains College as a vibrant, progressive institution that places students first. These, evaluations, recommendations and suggestions enable our college to respond to the needs of the constituents we serve.
During the week of Nov. 11-14, 2002, the SACS Peer-Review Committee conducted a site visit to affirm and confirm the findings of the Self-Study Principal Committees and to provide additional guidance for improving the operational processes and outcomes of the college. This visit resulted in a Peer Review Report that was filed with SACS Commission on Colleges and South Plains College. The college's response to the Peer Review Report was prepared and submitted April 8, 2003.
South Plains College received notification of Reaffirmation of Accreditation from the Commission on Colleges July 3, 2003. The college's next cycle of accreditation will take place during 2012 with a Peer Review Site Visit scheduled for 2013.
The Self-Study was directed by Gary Poffenbarger, associate professor of English. Co-director was Jamie Biggers, dean of technical education. Members of the Steering Committee included the following:
Chairperson: Gary Poffenbarger
Co-Chairperson: Jamie Biggers
Frances Bly, Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology
Dr. Ron Carden, Professor of History
Donneva Crowell, Assistant Professor of English
Julie Johnson, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication
Jill Moore, Chairperson of the General Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Larry Nichols, Chairperson, Professional Services and Energy Department and Professor of Law Enforcement
Claudine Oliver, Director of Guidance and Counseling
Editor: Stephen John, Dean of College Relations
The sections of the Self-Study Report listed below are available in PDF format and may be downloaded, viewed and printed using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Self-Study Report Table of Contents 8 pages (68K)
- Introduction to South Plains College 20 pages (180K)
- Reference Section 16 pages (176K)
- Section I: Principles and Philosophy of Accreditation 20 pages (88K)
- Section II: Institutional Purpose 12 pages (60K)
- Section III: Institutional Effectiveness 40 pages (160K)
- Section IV: Educational Program 106 pages (392K)
- Section V: Educational Support Services 70 pages (248K)
- Section VI: Administrative Processes 66 pages (232K)
- Recommendations and Suggestions 8 pages (40K)
- Addendum to the Self-Study 48 pages (128K)
Response to the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee
South Plains College prepared a response to the recommendations of the Reaffirmation Committee. The response represents a plan of action to address areas of compliance with the SACS Criteria for Accreditation. The response report is available in PDF format and may be downloaded, viewed and printed using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. This pdf document does not contain any the documentation or exhibits referenced in the report.
- Response to the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee 100 pages (176K)