November 16, 2017
Representatives from Lone Star College-CyFair and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges visited Cypress Woods High School on Nov. 14 as the campus was selected to represent CFISD’s partnership and dual-credit program with LSC-CyFair. Pictured in the photo are: Dr. Quentin Wright, Lone Star College special assistant to the chancellor; Katrina Nelson, CFISD director of advanced academics; Charnette Singleton, Trident Technical College (North Charleston, S.C.) dean of learning resources; Karen Borglum, Valencia College (Orlando, Fl.) assistant vice president of curriculum and assessment; Gary Kinninger, Cypress Woods principal; Ashlie Resendez, LSC-CyFair dean of student services; and Dr. Michel Rodriguez-Zuch, LSC-CyFair dean of academic affairs.
Nov. 16, 2017—Cypress Woods High School, with CFISD’s partnership alongside Lone Star College—CyFair, played host to representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on Nov. 14.
SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for degree-granting institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and some institutions in Latin America. In order to receive and retain accreditation, an institution must comply with SACSCOC standards. As a part of the process, every five years Lone Star College provides reports, data and hosts a team to visit its campuses in order to support that it is complying with accreditation standards.
Because the dual credit program between CFISD and LSC—CyFair enables students to take college courses at the high school that simultaneously provide credit toward their high school diploma and a college degree, SACSCOC considers the high school campuses an extension of the college.
“It is always healthy to reflect upon your programs in order to improve student achievement, regardless of your current levels of success,” said Cypress Woods Principal Gary Kinninger.
Cypress Woods was selected to represent CFISD’s partnership with LSC—CyFair, helping show how the district and college work together to ensure Principles of Accreditation are followed. During the visit, SACSCOC representatives toured the campus and spoke with students, faculty and staff, hearing firsthand examples of the partnership.
“The committee members were very impressed with the quality of facilities, resources, staff and students at Cypress Woods High School,” said Deana Sheppard, LSC—CyFair vice president of instructions. “We are very proud of our partnership with Cy-Fair ISD and appreciate the part the district played in our visit.”