Business administration and management students at Alvin Community College will be able to work toward attaining bachelor’s degrees this fall, according to a June 19 press release from the college.

What’s happening?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges changed ACC’s accreditation from Level 1 to Level 2, allowing the college’s first bachelor's degree program to begin this fall.

The accreditation change took more than two years to develop and required curriculum development, approval by the regents, and a review from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and SACSCOC, according to the release.

The accreditation change also authorized ACC to offer up to five different bachelor’s degree programs, according to the release.

ACC officials are evaluating other programs for bachelor’s degrees.

SACSCOC will have a follow-up site review of the business administration and management program in 2025, officials said.

Quote of note

“The approval from the SACSCOC provides us with the opportunity to now offer its first-ever bachelor’s degree; [it's] a major accomplishment and empowers us to serve our local community with even more opportunity,” ACC President Robert Exley said in the release.