According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies are organizations that establish operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings.”
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), one of six regional accreditation organizations for institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. As a regional accreditor, SACSCOC affirms the accreditation of an institution as a totality. Accreditation extends beyond the main campus to include all centers, campuses, or other sites at which postsecondary degree or non-degree work is offered as well as all work offered through distance education. To gain or maintain accreditation with SACSCOC, TSTC must comply with the standards contained in The Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission. Maintaining accreditation ensures that the college remains in compliance with federal expectations and continues to receive federal Title IV funding.
Information about the accreditation status of TSTC can be found on the SACSCOC website. The procedure for filing a complaint against the College is detailed on SACSCOC’s Complaint Procedures Against SACSCOC or Its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement. Filing a complaint with SACSCOC should only address significant, documented, alleged noncompliance with the SACSCOC accreditation standards, policies or procedures. SACSCOC expects individuals to attempt to resolve the issue through all means available to the complainant, including following the institution’s own published grievance procedures, before submitting a compliant to SACSCOC.
Celina Garza, M.Ed.,
Vice President and TSTC
Texas State Technical College
1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550