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About SACSCOC and Accreditation Standards

About SACSCOC and Accreditation Standards

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.”  Click here for further information.

To gain or maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission. The Commission applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of the type of institution (public, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit).

Resource documents:

  1. The 2018 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement(adopted December 2017 and effective January 1, 2018)
  2. Resource Manual for the 2018 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (Added March 2018)
    • This Manual is a companion piece to the 2018 Principles of Accreditation, providing guidance to the applicant, candidate, and member institutions as well as to evaluation committees of the Commission. 
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