Louisiana Delta Community College working to save its accreditation, put on probation

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 10:48 PM CST
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Crystal Williams wants to finish college. She's a working mother and is in the nursing program Louisiana Delta Community College and is getting closer to her dream by the semester. But, the college's accreditation is in question, which comes as a shock to her.

"I've had a good experience since I've been here. I'm really pleased," Williams said.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put the school on probation June 2018. A committee agreed the college was partially in good standing but put them on probation because they didn’t meet their student outcomes and financial responsibility standards.

The school's chancellor, Dennis Epps, told KNOE it’s only student outcomes that need work.

“It's not like it’s as simple as passing an f with a certain completion rate oh that would be so simple. But what it is really looking at is specific things that students should demonstrate competence on,” Epps said.

Other school leaders said it was a lack of communication and documentation on their end. In other words, they said they weren't showing the committee how they were assessing students.

"It's very specific in the language that you use. Using a word like understand and knowledge basically can be looked at as noncompliant," Dan Corsi, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said.

So, they started a task force to make sure they're in compliance.

"It's not that we're not effective in the classroom. I know for a fact that our instructors do this kind of assessments every day. But, SACS wants you to formalize it and communicate it in a way that LDCC is committed to a process of faculty development." Corsi said.

The chancellor said the review serves as a way to make sure they know how to educate students.

"We're committed to this goal and we're committed to it to the depths of the breath of all of our colleges and locations," Epps said.

They say they’re ready to face the committee that's expected to visit the campus in March.

Read the full SACSCOC report at http://www.sacscoc.org/2018JuneActionsanddisclosurestatements/LA%20Delta%20CC%20Disclosure%20J2018.pdf .