About SACSCOC

About the Commission

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges’ Board of Trustees is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

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

Mission Statement

The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

Core Values

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has six core values. They are:
  • Integrity
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Peer Review/Self Regulation
  • Accountability
  • Student Learning
  • Transparency

Vision Statement

To serve as the premier model for shaping and ensuring the quality of higher education throughout the world.

Strategic Planning

SACSCOC adopted a new formal Strategic Planning process in 2012, based upon individual units within the organization supporting broad goals. In 2017, this process was modified to a more integrated approach, with action committees made up of representatives across organizational units working together in support of the mission, strategic goals, and objectives of SACSCOC. For more information or to review the current Plan, please click here.