MCC Receives SACS Full 10-Year Reaccreditation

(Bradenton, Fla., July 13, 2005) -- Manatee Community College (MCC) has received official notification from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that the institution has received reaccreditation for a full 10 years with no conditions or restrictions.

The full accreditation without conditions is the highest possible rating that an educational institution can achieve from the regional accrediting body.

"We invite the entire community to share in our happiness and pride that the quality for which MCC stands has been recognized," said MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas.

SACS reviewers met with 105 employees and reviewed more than 70,000 pages of documentation compiled by college staff during a rigorous, yearlong preparation. "The college community worked hard as a cohesive team to demonstrate to SACS reviewers that MCC indeed is dedicated to student learning and achievement," said Pappas.

Pappas noted that the visiting accreditation team was impressed by MCC's student-centered, data-driven, performance-based culture. SACS reviewers also praised the college's Quality Enhancement Plan with its focus on distance learning.

Accreditation by SACS gives credibility to the quality of the College's curriculum and degree programs; ensures easy transfer of students' courses to other institutions; and makes MCC eligible for more than $22 million worth of financial aid that is disbursed annually to roughly half of MCC's students.



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