Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional effectiveness (IE) at RC encompasses accreditation, assessment, and institutional research and is linked to the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Assessment encompasses both the assessment of student learning outcomes at the program level and the assessment of annual outcomes for administrative units. In accordance with SACSCOC Standard 7.1, the College engages in ongoing, comprehensive, and integrated research-based planning and evaluation processes that (a) focus on institutional quality and effectiveness and (b) incorporate a systematic review of institutional goals and outcomes consistent with its mission.




Ranger College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Ranger College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions and/or programs of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency’s evaluation and that meet an agency’s criteria are then ‘accredited’ by that agency.”

Ranger College (RC) is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), one of several institutional accreditation organizations for institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  As an institutional accreditor, SACSCOC affirms the accreditation of an institution as a totality.  Accreditation extends beyond the main campus to include all 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, RC 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.


Debbie Karl
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison



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