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.”
Every 10 years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) evaluates its member institutions to ensure they continue to represent the highest levels of educational quality and comply with the standards established by the commission. This Reaffirmation of Accreditation process underscores TSTC's commitment to continuous improvement and to remaining a good steward of the public funds entrusted to the college.
As part of this review, institutions must submit a thorough and forthright self-assessment of their compliance with defined standards (known as Compliance Certification), along with a Quality Enhancement Plan that addresses a specific, critical area of student learning. The reaffirmation process also includes offsite and onsite reviews by representatives from peer institutions selected by SACSCOC.
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.
Statement of Accreditation
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees and Certificates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas State Technical College.
Celina Garza, M.Ed.,
Vice President and TSTC
Texas State Technical College
1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550