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WKCTC easily keeps regional accreditation

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed West Kentucky Community & Technical College's accreditation.

"Although there are many benchmarks indicative of institutional quality in higher education, none is more important than a college's reaffirmation of accreditation," WKCTC President Barbara Veazey said in a statement.

The regional accrediting agency performs a major accreditation review of each member institution every 10 years and requires that each institution submit a report every five years to show compliance with the agency's 17 accreditation standards.

The agency reviews the report and, when necessary, makes referrals to the institutions concerning any issues that need correcting for continued accreditation. The agency approved WKCTC's report - reaffirming its accreditation - and the school received no recommendations or reporting requirements, according to Renea Akin, WKCTC associate vice president of learning initiatives.

Akin said this is the second time in a row that the agency has reaffirmed the college's accreditation with no recommendations, a distinction achieved by 25 percent of the colleges and universities that underwent fifth-year review in 2012-2013.

"From someone who has been involved with SACSCOC review for many years, let me say that this is the first time I have heard of two consecutive SACSCOC reviews with no recommendations or reporting requirements," Akin said. "The results reflect the hard work of all members of the college community whose everyday activities embody the college's commitment to a culture of excellence."

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