TSC awarded separate accreditation by SACSCOC

Gorgas HallThe Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees announced that Texas Southmost College (TSC) has been granted membership to the SACSCOC.

The SACSCOC Board announced the decision to award separate accreditation to TSC at the 2015 SACSCOC Annual Meeting on Dec. 8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

"This is what Texas Southmost College has been working to achieve since we re-opened our doors and became independently operational in fall 2013," said Dr. Lily F. Tercero, TSC president. "This is an outstanding achievement and it's a testament to the hard work of our College's Board of Trustees, students, faculty, and staff."

The SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the 11 Southern states and Latin America.

The SACSCOC On-site Visiting Committee visited TSC in August to complete its review of the institution. The Committee's draft report affirmed that TSC had achieved a very high level of compliance with all accreditation requirements.

During the on-site visit, sixteen (16) core requirements, fifty-five (55) comprehensive standards and a number of federal requirements were reviewed for compliance. The Committee's Final Report cited only one comprehensive standard that required further documentation. TSC's response to the Committee's Final Report and approval for membership by the SACSCOC Board confirms the successful completion of the accreditation process for TSC.

About Texas Southmost College
Originally established in 1926, Texas Southmost College offers the first two years toward a bachelor's degree, along with career and technical education, college preparatory studies to prepare students for college-level work, workforce training, and continuing education. Recently selected as a Bright Spot by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, TSC offers 53 programs of study leading to an associate degree or certificate. TSC became independently operational in the fall of 2013, after engaging in a 20-year contractual arrangement with a public university.