Haywood Community College recently received reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS accreditation is important because it enables the College to offer Federal financial aid to students and to be recognized as a high quality educational institution. The College has maintained SACS accreditation since 1973.

The SACS reaffirmation process began in 2006 and requires the College to provide detailed information about its operations including such things as student learning outcomes, financial viability, qualified employees, governance, and support services for traditional and distance learning students. In the fall of 2008, a nine member team comprised of a SACS representative and peers from other Southeast US community colleges visited HCC to interview the College president, faculty, staff, students and members of the Board of Trustees.

According to Dr. Steven Sheeley, Vice President of the Commission on Colleges and member of the SACS Reaffirmation Committee, “Top to bottom and bottom to top, you’ve done a wonderful job showing what HCC is about.”

“Reaffirmation validates HCC's integrity as a quality institution of higher education and is a testimony to the dedicated employees and Board members who made it possible,” explains HCC President Dr. Rose Johnson. “Plus, it enables the College to receive Federal financial aid for students and to be regarded with high esteem by transfer colleges and universities. It is also very rewarding to have received five commendations during the reaffirmation process for the evident teamwork and enthusiasm of employees, service to industries provided by the Regional High Technology Center, excellent production of a 10 year campus master plan, beautiful Regional Center for the Advancement of Children, and efforts to ‘go green’ and become sustainable.”