International College Receives Reaffirmation for Accreditation

This week, International College received notification from The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that it has been reaffirmed for accreditation.

International College, with campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, first received accreditation from The Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1998. In 1999, SACS awarded International College membership at Level III status to offer master’s degrees.

New institutions receive accreditation for five years and then are subject to reaffirmation every 10 years thereafter. The Commission is the recognized regional accrediting body in 11 U.S. Southern states and in Latin America for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.

“International College has an exciting future. The staff and faculty have an enthusiasm and passion for their jobs and work hard to make it the best institution that they can,” said James Netherton, president of Carson-Newman College and Chair of the Reaffirmation Committee. “International College serves an important role in this region of Florida. I know the public will benefit from what International College is doing educationally.”

The reaffirmation includes the approval of the College offering five programs online through distance education.

“We are extremely pleased to receive our 10-year reaffirmation, especially in light of how well we did in the eyes of peer evaluators,” said Terry McMahan, International College President. “This is a testament to the quality of our education and to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and trustees who made it all possible.”

Jeanette Brock, J.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, said preparing for reaffirmation involved a lot of hard work, dedication, and time.

“We have always been cognizant of the reaffirmation criteria and have been diligently working to be in compliance so that preparation for the 10-year reaffirmation was not difficult. Nevertheless, preparing for the accreditation visit was the major focus of the College in 2002,” Brock said. “Receiving such a positive report from the reaffirmation committee verifies the commitment of faculty, staff, and administration of International College to ensure we provide students with the best possible education experience available.”

International College offers career-specific degree programs in 13 fields of study including management, business, legal studies, accounting, healthcare, computer information technology, environmental management and criminal justice. The College also offers curriculum leading to certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Classes are held at night, on weekends, during the day and online. Approximately 1,400 students are currently enrolled.

There are a total of 786 institutions accredited by SACS; 144 of those institutions hold Level III status. International College is among 74 Florida institutions accredited by SACS. For more information call President McMahan at 513-1122 or log onto the SACS website at: www.sacscoc.org.
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