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Central Carolina Community College crossed a huge hurdle reaccreditation in 2018 after an October visit from the school’s accreditation agency resulted in “no recommendations,” the Rant has learned.

In an email from college President T.E. “Bud” Marchant to the school’s board of trustees, Marchant said the result was “the culmination of years of painstaking work on the part of the entire faculty and staff.”

“(No recommendations) means that we are all clear for our reaccreditation next summer,” Marchant wrote. “We have no follow up reports to submit. In the exit conference this morning, the chair of the committee stated that CCCC was only one of a very few colleges to have this result.”

In a separate email, Jim Crawford, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, called the achievement “the academic equivalent of a lunar landing.”

The accreditation agency which oversaw the review process, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, exists to “assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions” and issues accreditation for colleges in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as in Latin America.

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