The most common deficiencies of Georgia's public technical colleges and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Level I institutions seeking regional accreditation
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Achieving regional accreditation status represents a major investment of time, effort, and resources. This process can be difficult for community and technical colleges due to lack of resources and staff. In an attempt to provide guidance for colleges entering the initial or reaffirmation of accreditation review process, a study was undertaken to examine accreditation documents to see if any common deficiencies existed. The most common findings of deficiencies from Georgia’s public technical colleges and other community and/or technical colleges seeking initial accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation during the years of 2003, 2004, and 2005 were reviewed. The study focused on Level I colleges in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that met the stated criteria. Data from each college were analyzed individually, and then compared to other colleges in the state and other colleges by size. Findings of this study had implications for administrators of technical colleges in Georgia. The data suggested that proper academic credentials of faculty members was among the most common deficiencies cited for Georgia’s technical colleges and other Level I colleges in the South. Other areas of concern included institutional effectiveness of educational programs, financial resources, and the Quality Enhancement Plan.