What is Accreditation?
Simply put, accreditation means that Southern Technical College has met or surpassed standards for educational quality. Accreditation:
- Provides accountability and guarantees consistency
- Measures and improves educational quality
- Promotes progress throughout the college
This means that Southern Technical College
- Is recognized as a qualified institution of higher learning
- Offers instruction that meets or exceeds academic standards
- Employs a professional staff
- Has the proper facilities and equipment
Southern Technical College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684 or www.fldoe.org.
Southern Technical College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) located at 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002-4223, to award bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, certificates, and diplomas. As of December 12, 2016, ACICS is no longer recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and, as a result, Southern Technical College has 18 months from the date of the decision (by June 12, 2018) to secure approval from another federally recognized accrediting agency in order to maintain eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program funds after that date. Southern Technical College is in the process of transitioning its primary accreditation to a new national accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and expects that process to be complete in early 2018.
If Southern Technical College does not obtain accreditation within the required 18 month period, the institution would no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. As noted above, Southern Technical College anticipates accreditation under a new accrediting body well before this 18 month deadline and currently remains eligible to receive Title IV program funds.
Any student who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at Southern Technical College, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of its former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to the School Administration of Southern Technical College directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-757-1383 and/or to any of the following: the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; the Department of Education’s Student Complaint website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman; the Florida Attorney General Office at PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050; or the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services at P.O. Box 6700, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700.
The Associate’s Degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa, and Port Charlotte campuses are also accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314, N. Falls Church, Virginia 22043. (703)917-9503 or www.abhes.org .
The Health Information Management Associate’s Degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601. (312)233-1129 or www.cahiim.org.
The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Tampa Campus is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Port Charlotte Campus is not accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting CAAHEP at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or www.caahep.org. The telephone number is (727) 210-2350. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) at 6021 University Boulevard Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 orwww.jrcdms.org. The telephone number is (443) 973-3251.