SACSCOC Standards and Requirements

This list is provided as an overview of the 93 standards and requirements by which all schools seeking SACSCOC accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation are evaluated.  More details on these standards is available as a PDF download on the SACSCOC website.

Section 1: The Principle of Integrity

1.1 The institution operates with integrity in all matters

Section 2: Core Requirements

2.1 Degree-granting Authority  
2.2 Governing Board  
2.3 Chief Executive Officer  
2.4 Institutional Mission  
2.5 Institutional Effectiveness  
2.6 Continuous Operation  
2.7 General Degree Program Requirements
2.7.1 Program Length    
2.7.2 Program Content    
2.7.3 General Education    
2.7.4 Course Work for Degrees    
2.8 Faculty    
2.9 Learning Resources and Services    
2.10 Student Support Services    
2.11 Financial Stability
2.11.1 Financial Resources    
2.11.2 Physical Resources    
2.12 Quality Enhancement Plan

Section 3: Comprehensive Standards

3.1 Institutional Mission
3.1.1 Institutional Mission
3.2 Governance and Administration
3.2.1 CEO Evaluation/Selection
3.2.2 Governing Board Control
3.2.3 Board Conflict of Interest
3.2.4 External Influence
3.2.5 Board Dismissal
3.2.6 Board/Administration Distinction
3.2.7 Organizational Structure
3.2.8 Qualified Administrative/Academic Officers
3.2.9 Personnel Appointment
3.2.10 Administrative Staff Evaluations
3.2.11 Control of Intercollegiate Athletics
3.2.12 Fund-Raising Activities
3.2.13 Institution-Related Entities
3.2.14 Intellectual Property Rights
3.3 Institutional Effectiveness
3.3.1 Institutional Effectiveness
3.3.2 Quality Enhancement Plan
3.4 All Educational Programs
3.4.1 Academic Program Approval
3.4.2 Continuing Education/Service Programs
3.4.3 Admissions Policies
3.4.4 Acceptance of Academic Credit
3.4.5 Academic Policies
3.4.6 Practices for Awarding Credit
3.4.7 Consortial Relationships/Contractual Agreements
3.4.8 Noncredit to Credit
3.4.9 Academic Support Services
3.4.10 Responsibility for Curriculum
3.4.11 Academic Program Coordination
3.4.12 Technology Use
3.5 Educational Programs: All Educational Programs
3.5.1 General Education Competencies
3.5.2 Institutional Credits for a Degree
3.5.3 Undergraduate Program Requirements
3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty
3.6 Educational Programs: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs
3.6.1 Post-Baccalaureate Program Rigor
3.6.2 Graduate Curriculum
3.6.3 Institutional Credits for a Degree
3.6.4 Post-Baccalaureate Program Requirements
3.7 Faculty
3.7.1 Faculty Competence
3.7.2 Faculty Evaluation
3.7.3 Faculty Development
3.7.4 Academic Freedom
3.7.5 Faculty Role in Governance
3.8 Library and Other Learning Resources
3.8.1 Learning/Information Resources
3.8.2 Instruction of Library Use
3.8.3 Qualified Staff
3.9 Student Affairs and Services
3.9.1 Student Rights
3.9.2 Student Records
3.9.3 Qualified Staff
3.10 Financial Resources
3.10.1 Financial Stability
3.10.2 Financial Aid Audits
3.10.3 Control of Finances
3.10.4 Control of Sponsored Research/External Funds
3.11 Physical Resources
3.11.1 Control of Physical Resources
3.11.2 Institutional Environment
3.11.3 Physical Facilities
3.12 Substantive Change Procedures and Policy
3.12.1 Substantive Change
3.13 Policy Compliance
3.13.1 Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies
3.13.2 Collaborative Academic Arrangements: Policy and Procedures
3.13.3 Complaint Procedures Against the Commission or its Accredited Institutions
3.13.4 Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports
3.13.5 Separate Accreditation for Units of a Member Institution
3.14 Representation of Accreditation Status
3.14.1 Publication of Accreditation Status

Section 4: Federal Requirements

4.1 Student Achievement  
4.2 Program Curriculum  
4.3 Publication of Policies  
4.4 Program Length  
4.5 Student Complaints  
4.6 Recruitment Materials  
4.7 Title IV Program Responsibilities  
4.8 Distance and Correspondence Education
4.8.1 Student Identity Verification    
4.8.2 Privacy of Students    
4.8.3 Student Identity Fees    
4.9 Definition of Credit Hour