SACS Visit Promotes Praise, Pointers for St. Paul’s Administration

The badge given to those who qualify for and receive a SACS accreditation. St. Paul's is of those who are permitted to use it under their recent renewal. (Source: SACS webpage)

The badge awarded to those who qualify for and receive a SACS accreditation. St. Paul’s is of those who are permitted to use it under their recent renewal. (Source: SACS webpage)

(COVINGTON, La) — Two weeks ago, St. Paul’s received its quinquennial visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in order to receive a re-issuance of their accreditation certificate. 

After the panel of local educators left the campus, St. Paul’s was guaranteed an accreditation. 

According to the weekly newsletter published on Sundays by SPS President Bro. Ray Bulliard, FSC, the school passed with flying colors and St. Paul’s regional accreditation will be renewed for another five years. During their visit, SACS evaluation met with students, teachers, parents, and staff. They visited classes and examined all of our printed policies.

“They were very thorough,” Bro. Ray stated.

Assistant Principal Joe Dickens was one of those in charge of directing the visit, and has already begun to act on the suggested changes which the accreditation service addressed. 

The student panel gives insight on Saint Paul's while greeting the arriving panel. (Source: Saint Paul's Hebdomadal Newsletter for Oct. 31-Nov. 06)

The student panel gives insight on St. Paul’s while greeting the arriving evaluators. (Source: The President’s Hebdomadal Newsletter for Oct. 31-Nov. 06, 2016)

“There are five different standards, and there are innumerable indicators under each standard,” Dickens said. “Everything from purpose and direction, to teaching and learning, to support systems; you name it. There are probably about 60 different things they check you on, but we did very well.” 

In addition to all of the praise received from SACS, the panel questioned SPS’ use of technology in the classroom.

“Specifically, they want us to work on data mining a little more in how it affects classroom instruction,” Dickens said.

Standardized testing preparation was also a topic of discussion for the panel.

“We really need to get into detail with standardized testing,” Dickens said, “(like) looking more specifically into certain types of questions and topics within English sections, math sections, et cetera, teaching the faculty in how to bring preparation back into the classroom a little more. We already do a lot of (standardized test preparation), but we can become better at it, so we will probably workshop that and ramp that up a little more.” 

With another accreditation secured under their belts, the SPS faculty and administration will attempt to continue in their efforts to improve for the next five-year visit. Implementation of suggested improvement already began on Monday of this week, with a faculty in-service session held to discuss cross-curricular opportunities, implementation, and documentation.

, , , ,

3 Comments on “SACS Visit Promotes Praise, Pointers for St. Paul’s Administration”

  1. Bro. Ray Bulliard
    November 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Many thanks for the article! Congratulations on using “quinquennial”!

    Like

    • The Paper Wolf
      November 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      You should know that he specifically used that word with the goal of garnering a comment from you. Goal achieved!

      Like

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Wolves to Wail Over New Satirical News Segment | The Paper Wolf - January 10, 2017

    […] The segment, though making light of the SPS operations at times, will help the school by promoting a cross-curricular function which SACS suggested during their recent evaluation. […]

    Like

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: