Welcome from the President
Thank you for visiting the website for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. We have developed a site that we believe provides a wealth of practical information for understanding the process used to accredit institutions throughout the 11 southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) and Latin America, that grant associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
When an institution has earned accreditation by the Commission on Colleges, it signifies that it has "a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose." In addition to ensuring that our institutions provide quality programs for students which determines eligibility for Title IV funds (student financial aid), the Commission on Colleges works to influence legislation and regulations that impact the work of our member institutions.
Our accrediting process and all of its policies, processes, procedures, and decisions are based on the concepts of integrity or dealing openly and honestly with the member institutions with which we work, and quality or an on-going program of improvement that ensures fulfillment of their stated mission.
The histories of the Commission on Colleges and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools™ (SACS) are rich and long. Founded in 1895, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools™ is currently comprised of the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI) and the Commission on Colleges (COC). The Commission on Colleges was founded in 1912 and was organized to develop standards and a process for accrediting colleges and universities in the South.
In addition to information about the Commission on Colleges, we have provided links to the other regional accrediting agencies, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
I encourage you to peruse the information provided here and to let us know how we might better serve you.
Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.
SACS where Students Are Central to Success
Dr. Wheelan's Bio