Wiley College in Marshall had its accreditation reaffirmed through 2023.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges took this action earlier this summer, according to a Wiley College news release.

Reaffirmation of accreditation happens every 10 years. Wiley was last reaffirmed in 2003.

The college earned this reaffirmation by participating in a self-study and assessment that demonstrated its compliance with the commission's core standards and requirements, according to the news release.

Earning accreditation demonstrates that a college provides quality academic programs and support services to its students.

The step also can enable a college or university to qualify for federal student financial aid programs.

The SACS Commission on Colleges is the recognized accrediting body for 11 U.S. Southern states and Latin America, according to its website.

In granting Wiley College reaffirmation, the commission also approved the school's "Communicate Through Debate" initiative.

This plan is intended to improve student learning in key areas. Developing a plan like this is a part of the commission's requirements, according to the news release.

Wiley plans to use this program, which will begin this fall, to build students' critical thinking and communication skills by teaching argumentation across the curriculum.

Wiley College President and CEO Dr. Haywood L Strickland praised the college community for the roles they played in helping the school earn its reaffirmation.

"A commitment to excellence undergirds all endeavors at Wiley College," Strickland said. "Our campus body embraced this process eager to share our strengths and eager to learn through self-study how we can make Wiley better for the benefit of the futures that are entrusted to us by our students."

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