“We recently learned from COCA that under their accreditation standards they classified ACOM as a private entity, instead of a public (or state-funded) entity. We are currently revising our application to satisfy this definition and expect to have a solution in the coming weeks,” said Ronald S. Owen, Southeast Alabama Medical Center CEO.
This decision by COCA results in a one-year delay and puts the proposed college on schedule to accept its first class in August 2013. The college is an enormous boon for the region reflecting a $111.9 million boost to the local economy, $26 million in increased retail spending,
$1.3 million in additional tax revenue, and more than 400 new jobs.