SACSCOC Accreditation

SACS 101

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS COC):

  • is a regional accrediting body.
  • is comprised of institutions in 11 states and some international institutions.
  • is for institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.
  • awards accreditation for the campus as a whole.
  • accreditation is required for all discipline-specific accreditations.
  • accreditation is required for federally funded grants and student aid.
  • accredits UMMC as a Level VI campus (> 4 doctorate programs).

SACS COC process - "The Right Thing to Do"

The SACS principles align with established business practices for improving organizations.

The documentation that SACS requires is needed to provide a consistent framework for institutional operations. The two main documents required for SACS COC accreditation are 1) compliance certificate; and 2) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).