Frequently Asked Questions

What is SACS?
What is accreditation?
Why is accreditation important?
Who is involved in the reaffirmation process?
How did Bainbridge College prepare for SACS reaffirmation?
What is QEP?
Why is QEP important?
Who is responsible for the QEP?
How did Bainbridge College develop its QEP?
What is our QEP topic?
QEP Implementation Committee
What is SACS?
SACS stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and it is the accrediting body for educational institutions within Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America.  The Commission on Colleges (COC) is the division of SACS that oversees accreditation of higher education institutions within the region.  For more information, visit

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-evaluation and peer review to assess an institution’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission, compliance with standards set by the accrediting body (SACS), and ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement of the educational programs, services, and quality of student learning.

Why is accreditation important?
SACS accreditation assures the public that the institution maintains high standards, operates with integrity, and strives to improve the quality and effectiveness of its programs and services.  Accreditation signifies that the institution:

  1. has a mission appropriate to higher education;
  2. has resources, programs, and services to accomplish and sustain that mission;
  3. maintains clearly specified educational goals and objectives that are consistent with its mission.

Among other benefits, SACS reaffirmation enables Bainbridge College to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education.

Who is involved in the reaffirmation process?
SACS accreditation touches all aspects of Bainbridge College programs, services, and facilities. Information is being gathered from all sectors of the community:  students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and community members. Throughout the process, there will be numerous opportunities for involvement and input.

How did Bainbridge College prepare for SACS reaffirmation?
As required, the institution prepared two major reports.

  1. Bainbridge College conducted a thorough self-evaluation to review its success in meeting the specified standards set forth by SACS and develop narratives and a body of supporting documentation to justify its own assessment related to SACS compliance.
  2. Bainbridge College prepared a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

What is QEP?
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. It is a five-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or the environment for student success.  According to SACS, the QEP should:

  1. include a broad-based institutional process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment;
  2. focus on learning outcomes supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution;
  3. demonstrate institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP;
  4. include a broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP;
  5. identify goals and assessment strategy to evaluate the achievement.

Why is QEP important?
QEP allows Bainbridge College to conduct a thorough evaluation of all aspects of student learning and then develop a Quality Enhancement Plan that outlines actions to be taken in order to improve the quality of education at Bainbridge College.

Who is responsible for the QEP?
Selection, development, and implementation of the QEP is truly a team effort, with the following QEP committee members acting as a central leading and organizing body:

Dr. Patrick Smith, Associate Professor of English


  • Ms. Michelle Barsom, Assistant Librarian
  • Mr. A. J. Cantley, Assistant Director of Plant Operations
  • Ms. Doris Carmichael, Assistant Professor of Nursing/Director of LPN Program
  • Ms. Terri Craft, Instructor of Learning Support Reading
  • Dr. Adele Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Ms. Sheree Dickenson, Chair, Nursing Division
  • Mr. Jeff Dowdy, Assistant Librarian
  • Mr. Scott Dunn, Director OIIT
  • Dr. Jenny Harper, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Ms. Dawn Harrison, Registration Specialist
  • Mr. Steven Hayes, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Dr. Michael Kirkland, Interim Chair Division of Arts & Sciences
  • Ms. Kay Livingston, Controller
  • Mr. Roger Lunt, Instructor of Economics and Management
  • Mr. John McRae, Instructor of Education
  • Ms. Marcia McRae, Director of Communications and Development
  • Dr. David Nelson, Assistant Professor of History
  • Ms. Tatyana Pashnyak, Assistant Professor of Administrative and Medical Office Tech
  • Dr. David Pollock, Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Ms. Susan Ralph, Director of Library
  • Ms. Valley Rogers, Director/Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Dr. Carol Sinclair, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. James Snodgrass, Instructor of English
  • Dr. Michael Stewart, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Marina Von Hirsch, Associate Professor of English
  • Mr. Ben White, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems
  • Dr. Yu Zhang, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology

Assessment Subcommittee

  • Ms. Valley Rogers, Chair
  • Dr. Michael Stewart
  • Dr. David Pollock
  • Dr. David Nelson

Data Mining / Student Surveys / Evaluation Review Subcommittee

  • Dr. Michael Kirkland, Chair
  • Mr. Scott Dunn
  • Mr. Ben White
  • Ms. Terri Craft

Drafting and Editing Subcommittee

  • Ms. Terri Craft, Chair
  • Ms. Michelle Barsom
  • Dr. Carol Sinclair
  • Dr. Patrick Smith
  • Dr. James Snodgrass

Literature Review Subcommittee

  • Dr. Carol Sinclair, Chair
  • Dr. David Nelson
  • Dr. Patrick Smith
  • Dr. James Snodgrass
  • Dr. Michael Stewart
  • Ms. Terri Craft

Marketing Subcommittee

  • Mr. Scott Dunn, Chair
  • Dr. Michael Kirkland
  • Mr. Jeff Dowdy
  • Ms. Dawn Harrison
  • Ms. Susan Ralph
  • Mr. Roger Lunt
  • Ms. Marcia McRae

Planning and Development Subcommittee

  • Ms. Terri Craft, Chair
  • Ms. Michelle Barsom
  • Dr. Adele Cunningham
  • Dr. Jenny Harper
  • Mr. John McRae

Technology Liaison Group Subcommittee

  • Mr. Scott Dunn and Dr. David Pollock, Co-Chairs
  • Mr. John McRae
  • Ms. Tatyana Pashnyak
  • Dr. Patrick Smith
  • Dr. Michael Stewart
  • Dr. Marina Von Hirsch
  • Dr. Yu Zhang

How did Bainbridge College develop its QEP?
The QEP Planning Committee solicited input from all Bainbridge College constituencies regarding an appropriate QEP topic. The final selection of a QEP topic was selected by the committee from among the topics submitted.

What is our QEP topic?
The QEP’s purpose is to improve online learning through enhancing the quality of online course design, engaging sufficient student and faculty readiness for online learning in those courses, and evolving our online courses to increase their effectiveness, to improve online student learning, and to expand our offerings of quality online courses. Read more.

QEP Implementation Committee
Now that the QEP has been developed, implementation of the plan is guided by QEP Implementation Committee.

Director of the QEP
Dr. David Pollock

Dr. Patrick Smith

QEPIC members

Emily Dowd
Tammy Hinson
Misty Joiner
Valley Rogers
Charles White



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