SACSCOC Special Committee
I am thrilled to inform you that our SACSCOC Special Committee has found CVCC to be in compliance with
Comprehensive Standard 188.8.131.52 - Institutional Effectiveness: Educational Programs.
The Special Committee's evaluation of compliance represents a significant step toward our goal of
removing the public sanction of "Probation" and regaining our "Good Standing" with SACSCOC. However, an
official judgment on our status will not be made until the SACSCOC Board of Trustees meets in June. At
that meeting, all our assessment reports, along with the Special Committee's report and Dr. Mark Smith's
analysis, will be reviewed by a Compliance and Reports Committee, which will then make a recommendation
to the Commission's Executive Committee. That recommendation will then be voted upon by the entire Board
The favorable judgment by the Special Committee is the result of a Herculean effort on the part of the
college community. As I said in the town hall meeting this afternoon, there have been no cameo
appearances in this saga, which has now spanned the last four years. On the contrary, everyone at CVCC
has played a role in this success. Of course, we owe a special debt to Joey Fronheiser; Kris Ogden; Will
Sandidge; our academic deans, Jeff Laub, Jim Lemons, and Muriel Mickles; and especially the members of
our faculty, who have embraced the assessment process and made it their own. Without the active
participation of every one of these individuals, we could not have been successful.
On the wall above the computer where I am now typing this email hangs a CVCC poster that bears an
important message. It is like many of the posters we see around the campus, but this one is special. It
includes a quote from St. Francis of Assisi - a quote that speaks directly to us, especially on this day.
It says, "Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the
We began this quest to achieve compliance with SACSCOC by doing what was necessary and then by doing what
was possible. In the process, we have achieved what seemed impossible: an initial judgment of compliance
in less than a year. We have accomplished that, as I said in my email on Monday, because our efforts have
been founded on the best of motives: not merely to escape probation but to serve our students by
strengthening curricula and instruction. We have also succeeded because we have worked together with an
unprecedented spirit of cooperation and collegiality.
We can be very proud of everything we have accomplished, knowing we did what we did for the best of
reasons; with the best of efforts; and with the best combination of intellect, heart, professionalism,
commitment, and just plain hard work. We did it together - which is the only way we could have done it. And
that is ultimately a tribute to all of you - you, who represent the best we can be, the very best that any
of us can ever be.
John S. Capps
Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498