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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges

The Baptist College of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Baptist College of Florida.

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission's Office.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.

Overall, SACSCOC is looking for:

  • Institutional integrity: Honesty in our dealings with the Commission and with others and fulfillment of our stated mission.

  • Quality enhancement: This is the process of assessing and improving. Evidence that the institution pursues continuous improvement in both academic and administrative areas through assessment in order to achieve its institutional and program-level goals and outcomes.

  • Focus on student learning outcomes: This includes evidence that students know what we taught them and are prepared to demonstrate what they know. Assessment of student learning outcomes occurs in all majors at the program level, as well as in all educational support programs.

  • A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): A plan that focuses on student learning and has broad-based support across the institution.

  • Qualified faculty with documentation (What we call the Faculty Rosters): This shows that faculty have the preparation to teach the courses to which they are assigned.

  • Financial health and other resources: This is to support the educational programs and mission.

BCF Guidelines and Procedures for SACSCOC Reporting

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. The types of substantive change and the procedures for addressing them appropriately may be found in the Commission's Policy on Substantive Change.

Educational Sites

BCF is approved by SACSCOC to offer instruction at two Off-Campus Instructional Sites:

Retention and Graduation

Student Achievement Goal Latest Results
Graduation Rates at 150% of Normal Time 33% 37%
Freshman to Sophomore Retention 60% 63%
Florida Teacher Certification Exam 100% 100%
Senior Exit Interview Program SLO Feedback 80% 90%
Senior Exit Interview Employment/Graduate Education Preparedness 80% 99%

Faculty Credentialing

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 requires that all member institutions positively demonstrate that they employ competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. Below is information to assist departments in the process of credentialing teaching faculty.

Procedures for Faculty Credentialing:

Appeal to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

(From Section 3.8 in Student Handbook)

The Baptist College of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Commission is to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Procedures have been established to provide a mechanism for the Commission to consider complaints that address significant violations of the Commission's standards. Any person who has information that he or she feels should come to the attention of the Commission may submit a complaint in writing to the Commission on Colleges at:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
or call (404) 679-4500

The Commission has a form at their website at sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf. In addition to completing the form, the complaint should state the nature of the complaint, then briefly describe the details of the complaint in the clearest possible language and indicate how the 32 institution has violated specific provisions of the Principles of Accreditation. The complainant should then describe the steps taken to exhaust the institution's grievance process, describe the action taken by the institution to date, and provide a copy of the institution's response to the complainant as a result of the prescribed procedures.