SACSCOC Accreditation Standards

To gain or maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 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. SACSCOC applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit).

Resource documents:

1. The 2018 Edition of Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2017 and effective January 1, 2018)

2. Resource Manual for the 2018 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (third edition; published 2020)

This manual is a companion piece to the 2018 Principles of Accreditation, providing guidance to applicant, candidate, and member institutions as well as to evaluation committees of the Commission.

Source: SACSCOC Accrediting Standards, Copyright 2023.

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