Richard Bland College is a public junior college associated with the College of William & Mary and located in Prince George County, Virginia. Richard Bland College was established in 1960 by the Virginia General Assembly as a branch of the College of William and Mary under the umbrella of “the Colleges of William and Mary”. The “Colleges” system lasted two years. Although other institutions such as Christopher Newport founded as colleges of William and Mary became independent colleges and later universities, Richard Bland has continued as a junior college of the College of William and Mary. Though under its own administration, Richard Bland College is governed by William and Mary’s Board of Visitors. It was named after Virginia statesman Richard Bland who lived in Prince George County where the campus is located.
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Richard Bland College of William & Mary.
Accreditation is the method by which the higher education community regulates itself. It provides for public confidence, institutional effectiveness, and the maintenance of standards. Every ten years, each SACSCOC-accredited institution undergoes an accreditation review process. Richard Bland College of William & Mary underwent its last review for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2019.
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