The accreditation process naturally requires enormous amounts of labor, costs, communication, travel and paperwork for school principals, diocesan superintendents and the Accreditation Program Manager (APM). In FY 08-09, the FCCAC and the Bishops approved the development of an online accreditation workflow management system to more dramatically centralize and streamline the process for all participants. This first phase automated the accreditation program by one-third. In August, 2010, EAS-ed will be fully developed.
The Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Program provides a systematic process of school improvement through the application of educational standards or criteria.
The benefits of this accreditation design include:
- the assurance of quality Catholic education based on a Christian value system,
- the validation of a school’s unique purpose of teaching and living out the message of Jesus Christ according to the Catholic tradition,
- the integration of faith and values into the program design,
- the opportunity for a continuous peer review and assistance at various stages leading to the ongoing planning and improvement of services for students, and
- the existence of a set of current standards which promote excellence in the total educational program and are appropriate to the mission of Catholic schools.
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- Rising to the Challenge of Accreditation (a poem about Accreditation!)
- Lynn Brown, Principal, Blessed Sacrament School, Savannah, “Your office has always been prompt and efficient. This year I review the online report on the Smart Board with the faculty as a whole. Lots of less paper and they were involved. Thank you.”
- History of the FCCAP by Thomas A. Horkan, Jr., Executive Director Emeritus
Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Committee
The Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Committee (FCCAC) operates with the approval of the Florida Catholic Conference and the bishops of the seven dioceses of Florida. FCCAC members include the Episcopal Moderator (a Florida bishop who acts as a liaison with his fellow bishops); representatives from the school departments of the seven dioceses of Florida and the Diocese of Savannah, GA; and, the FCC Executive Director.
James Herzog, Associate Director for Education
James Herzog began his service to the Florida Catholic Conference as Accreditation Program Manager in August 2005 and became the Associate Director for Education in February 2009. James serves as a professional resource person for the Conference in education matters; oversees the Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Program (FCCAP); coordinates, monitors and advocates issues relating to governmental programs affecting Florida Catholic schools, their administrators, faculty and pupils; represents Catholic education at the state level in Florida and in coordination with United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the federal level; represents the FCC with Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS); maintains liaison with various school-choice organizations and special needs groups; and acts as a liaison between the Florida Department of Education and Florida Catholic schools in areas of teacher certification.
Mary Camp, Accreditation Program Manager
Mary Camp began her tenure as the new Accreditation Program Manager (APM) in July 2010. She comes to the position with 23 years of experience in Catholic education in the diocese of Toledo, Ohio. She taught junior and senior high math classes and 7th grade religion. Most recently she was the principal of St. Gerard School where she was actively involved in the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association. As the APM, Mary will work within the scope of the Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Program (FCCAP), under the direction of the Associate Director for Education (ADE) and the supervision of the Executive Director. The APM is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the FCC Accreditation Committee as well as their lead staff person. In collaboration with the Chair and Vice Chair of the FCCAC, Mary will strive to carry out the will and sentiment of the Committee by handling daily operations and communications for the FCCAP.
Allison Clow, Assistant to the Education Office
Allison Clow assists the Associate Director for Education in communication with the Schools Executive Committee and with various projects throughout the year. She assists with compiling reports, preparing meeting materials and correspondence, monitoring legislation and handling other miscellaneous tasks. She also assists the APM in her administration of the FCCAP.
The Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Program is one of the oldest Catholic accreditation programs in the country and has influenced other Catholic school accreditation programs. In the late 1960's the bishops of Florida, appointed a committee to explore the process of accreditation. After studying the various accreditation programs currently in use, they decided to establish a program unique to Catholic schools in the state which would assure their Catholic identity and guarantee their constant and continued improvement.
The Patroness of EAS-ed: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
“Our least action, when done for God, is precious to Him.”
Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton
Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's, the first new community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also began Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School, the first free Catholic School for girls staffed by Sisters in the U.S. Her enduring legacy now includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers, and hospitals throughout America and around the world. Her works led to Pope Paul VI canonizing her on Sunday, September 14, 1975, in Saint Peter's Square, [making her the] first American-born citizen to be canonized.
The remarkable life of Mother Seton spans the full spectrum of human experience. She was a a devoted wife, a dedicated volunteer in charitable organizations, the mother of five children, a convert to Roman Catholicism, an educator, social minister, and catechist, and a spiritual leader and formator — a tireless servant of God.
Excerpt from the National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton