All Alamo Colleges are officially accredited

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Clarification: Northeast College first offered courses at the university center location in 2006 before moving to the current Northeast Lakeview College campus. Northeast Lakeview College applied for accreditation in 2007 but received the first SACSCOC site visit in 2016.

Northeast Lakeview College is accredited for the first time.

By Zachary-Taylor Wright

According to emails from this college’s president, the chancellor and the president of Northwest Vista College, the three colleges placed on warning status and denied reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges were reaffirmed and Northeast Lakeview College was accredited at the Dec. 5 business meeting.

President Robert Vela emailed faculty and staff at this college at 11:58 a.m. Dec. 5, stating he learned “earlier today” SACSCOC reaffirmed this college and St. Philip’s and Northwest Vista colleges. His email also stated that Northeast Lakeview College was accredited at the annual SACSCOC conference.

Vela’s email clarified that this college was reaffirmed without any recommendations through June 2026.

Vela said the college expects to receive an official letter from SACSCOC in January.

In an interview Dec. 5, Dr. Pamela Cravey, SACSCOC coordinator of communications and external affairs, confirmed the information stated in the administrators’ emails but said she was unsure if the removal of warning status is equivalent to being reaffirmed “without any recommendations” as stated by Vela.

Cravey said she had not heard that phrase used before, and the categories she had been given specifically stated the colleges were reaffirmed and warning statuses were removed.

According to an email from Chancellor Bruce Leslie sent at 11:42 a.m., the colleges were notified of their reaffirmation and newfound accreditation during SACSCOC’s annual meeting.

The three colleges were denied reaffirmation and placed on a warning status December 2016 after a SACSCOC site visit in September 2016.

This is the first time Northeast Lakeview College has been accredited since opening in 2006. The college applied for accreditation and had SACSCOC site visits in 2007 and 2011.

Cravey said SACSCOC would release brief information on the SACSCOC decisions Dec. 13 and full public disclosures will be posted to the SACSCOC website Dec. 14.

She was unsure if additional information would be provided on institutions that had sanctions removed.



  1. As the founding president of Northeast Lakeview College I try to keep current with the institutions and colleagues with whom I spent ten extremely enjoyable and rewarding years. I am overjoyed with SACSCOC decision to grant NLC accreditation. But I would like to correct some misinformation in the Ranger’s 12/5/17 summary of NLC’s the article, “All Alamo Colleges are officially accredited.”

    The article states that NLC was founded in 2006 and had SACSCOC site visits in 2007 and 2011. NLC officially became a college in 2007 and did not receive a SACSCOC site visit until 2016. Colleges must first exist and have a history of operation before submitting an application containing an assessment of student and academic achievement, student services operations, business and financial stability and records, and an administrative structure that reflects the current and ensures the future stability of the institution. NLC also was required to restart its SACSCOC application process twice due to issues related to being a new institution and part of a district with centralized functions, but separately accredited colleges.

    My apologies for such a detailed explanation, but I want to make sure misinformation does not become a permanent part of institutional histories. As you can see I read the Ranger religiously. Keep up the good work.

      • NLC was officially approved as a new college within the Alamo District by the Board of Trustees in January 2007, to become a separate college for the Fall Semester 2007. Prior to that they operated as an outreach site for both St. Philips College and San Antonio College. The SACSCOC clock for generating data and an operational history necessary to establish NLC as a separately accredited college, and eligible to begin the application process, began Fall 2007. Hope this helps to establish an accurate history for posterity.

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