SACS Approves Jarvis Christian College’s Fifth Year Interim Report

Roland Parish and Jarvis Christian College President Lester Newman

At its meeting on September 3, 2020, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees approved the Jarvis Christian College’s Fifth Year Interim Report with no recommendations and no follow-up. This ruling indicates that the College is financially and academically sound. 

Jarvis Christian College is accredited by SACSCOC to award associates and baccalaureate degrees. To maintain its accreditation status, the College must comply with the standards and requirements in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of SACSCOC. 

Although SACSCOC conducts a comprehensive review of its institutions every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Education requires SACSCOC to monitor its institutions more frequently to ensure that institutions having access to federal funds continue to meet accreditation standards. 

To that end, the Commission developed a Fifth-Year Interim Report. Jarvis submitted its final Fifth-Year Interim Report on March 31, 2020. President Lester Newman said, “it was so good to receive the news about the approval of the report on the afternoon of September 3. This was a tedious process and I am thankful to everyone involved in the process.” 

Dr. Newman further shared that the College will be reviewed again by SACSCOC for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2024. A meeting on the reaffirmation process was held on September 10, 2020. 

Jarvis Christian College is a historically Black liberal arts four-year institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The mission of the College is to prepare a diverse population of lifelong learners intellectually, socially, spiritually, and personally through providing interactive services and using varied modalities of instructional delivery.