Candidacy Visit Authorized for GGC

Georgia Gwinnett College officials learned Dec. 10 that GGC has been authorized a candidacy visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). A contingent of GGC administrators attended the SACS-COC 112th annual meeting Dec. 8-11 in New Orleans, LA. The candidacy visit is required for Georgia Gwinnett College to achieve candidacy status in the accreditation process.

Georgia Gwinnett College officials learned Dec. 10 that GGC has been authorized a candidacy visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). A contingent of GGC administrators attended the SACS-COC 112th annual meeting Dec. 8-11 in New Orleans, LA. The candidacy visit is required for Georgia Gwinnett College to achieve candidacy status in the accreditation process.

“This is great news for Georgia Gwinnett College and for students across the state,” said President Daniel J. Kaufman. “Each step that moves GGC forward toward becoming an accredited institution brings students closer to all the benefits that accreditation provides.“

“We are excited to hear about the authorization of the visit,” said Stas Preczewski, GGC’s vice president for academic and student affairs. “Candidacy and accreditation are so important to this new institution because they will confirm that the academic and student programs at GGC are offered at the highest level of quality.”

GGC submitted its candidacy application materials on Oct. 1 which was the first step in the process.

The Commission authorized a candidacy visit in its executive session Dec. 10. Once a candidacy visit is scheduled, GGC will begin making plans to host the five-member visiting team along with commission staff within the next 12 months. The visiting committee will meet on campus for 2-3 days with administrators, faculty, staff and students to verify documentation of compliance with required standards and federal regulations. Their review of college documents, interviews with administrators, faculty, staff and students, and deliberation with SACS staff and other candidacy committee members will shape their final report to the SACS committee on compliance and reports.

An institution is granted candidacy upon recommendation of this committee and subsequent actions by the Commission. Successful candidate institutions may then apply for accreditation.

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