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SACSCOC’s policy, “Third-Party Comment by the Public” (see policy listed below), outlines procedures for public use in the submission of third-party comments by any interested party during the formal scheduled review of the following institutions:

  • Institutions seeking initial accreditation with SACS Commission (current candidates)
  • Institutions seeking reaffirmation of accreditation (continued accreditation) with SACS Commission on Colleges.

The policy requires appropriate notification and ample opportunity for the institution to respond to third-party comments. The “Third-Party Comment Form” should be completed and submitted to the President of SACS Commission on Colleges.

For institutions seeking initial accreditation with SACS Commission on Collegesin 2016 and 2017

The following institutions either were granted initial candidacy or were continued in candidacy for two years in December 2015 or June 2016. They will be reviewed for continued candidacy/initial accreditation in 2016-17, depending on the readiness of the institution. Third-party comments are due three months in advance of the site visit. Contact Dr. Mary Kirk at for the date of the site visit.

  • Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC (Candidate)
  • Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL (Candidate)
  • Northeast Lakeview College, Universal City, TX (Candidate)

For member institutions seeking reaffirmation of accreditation (continued accreditation) with SACS Commission on Colleges in 2016 and 2017

An institution undergoing reaffirmation of accreditation has its Compliance Certification reviewed by an Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee and, approximately six months later, hosts an On-Site Reaffirmation Committee which issues the final report. The Commission divides each reaffirmation class into two Tracks: Track A denotes institutions that offer only undergraduate degrees; Track B denotes institutions that offer graduate and professional degrees and may also offer undergraduate degrees.

Listed below are the reaffirmation classes for Tracks A and B 2017, and Tracks A and B 2018. The due date for third-party comments is listed at the top of each list. (Please use the “Third-Party Comment Form” when submitting comments.) The specific date will give the Commission adequate time to notify the institution regarding any third-party comments and provide the institution ample time to respond in advance of the campus review. Substantive comments regarding the Committee’s findings will be incorporated into the final report of the Committee.

Please refer to the attached lists. Comments should be forwarded to the President of SACS Commission on Colleges.


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