Cleveland State Community College was awarded a 10-year reaffirmation of its institutional accreditation at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees meeting on June 13.

“Reaffirmation of our accreditation is a reflection of Cleveland State’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence and student success,” said Dr. Andy White, Cleveland State President. “We are working together to improve every element of our mission to effectively serve our students and our communities.”

SACSCOC is the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The reaffirmation process involves an in-depth examination of the programs and processes of the college. Accreditation ensures Cleveland State is eligible to receive federal and state funding to support student financial aid and to transfer academic credits with other institutions.

Dr. John Squires, Cleveland State Vice President of Economic and Community Development, led the accreditation process at the college. He said, “This reaffirmation is a result of the hard work of our faculty and staff who teach and serve students. It validates the quality of education available at Cleveland State and our commitment to continuous improvement.”

Cleveland State offers a wide variety of degrees and technical certificates in areas such as nursing, business, mechatronics, emergency medical technician (EMT), early childhood education, chemical engineering technology and more. Classes are offered on the main campus in Cleveland, the McMinn Higher Education Center in Athens, the Monroe County Center in Vonore, and online. 

Registration for fall term is open; for more information email or (423) 473-2310.