9.4 Accurately reflect the accreditation status as required by TRACS.
a. Catalog and website include the appropriate statement of accreditation status with the full TRACS identification (Applicant, Candidate, Accredited, Warning, Probation, or Show Cause).
b. Publications, promotional materials, and communications where accreditation is addressed include the appropriate statement of accreditation status with the full identification (Applicant, Candidate, Accredited, Warning, Probation, or Show Cause).
c. Publications include no designation of accreditation or recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or use their logos.
d. Publications include no designation of accreditation or recognition by any entity that has not formally awarded such.
The public announcement of accreditation, associations, and affiliations for the Institution is published in all catalogs and handbooks of the Institution. Small publicity pieces refer interested persons to the website www.sfwbc.edu for more information. The full disclosure, under the “Accreditation” tab is as follows:
Southeastern Free Will Baptist has made application to the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). It is our plan to apply for Candidate Status with TRACS in the fall of 2016 with the hope of appearing before the TRACS Commission in April of 2017 to be granted that status.
Candidacy (pre-accreditation) indicates that the institution is in basic compliance with the Standards and Criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site peer team, and in the professional judgment of the evaluation team and the Accreditation Commission, the institution provides sound instruction and student services. While candidacy indicates that an institution appears to have the potential to achieve accreditation within the prescribed five-year period, this level of recognition does not guarantee the institution will become accredited.
TRACS is authorized to pre-accredit and accredit institutions offering certificates; diplomas; and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees; including institutions that offer distance education and/or correspondence education.
Institutional accrediting agencies review the entire institution, acknowledging that each of an institution’s parts contributes to the achievement of the institution’s objectives including such areas as governance, finances, administration, curriculum, faculty qualifications, support services, facilities, institutional effectiveness, planning, learning resources, policies, and publications. As such, TRACS requires that member institutions meet national norms in the areas of curriculum; programs; faculty credentials; and measured student learning outcomes at the course, program and institutional levels.
TRACS is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). INQAAHE is a world-wide association of over 200 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.
Finally, TRACS is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE has over 1,700 organizations that collectively promote, protect, and advocate for students, faculty and administrators in higher education. ACE is the most visible and influential higher education association in the nation and is at the center of federal policy debates concerning issues related to higher education legislation across the country.
TRACS encourages each member institution to develop its own distinctives, while providing a quality postsecondary educational experience within the context of the spiritual development of the individual.
Exhibit: Institution website www.sfwbc.edu/accreditation