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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a number of Frequently Asked Questions. Please click on the question and the answer will be displayed. Some questions will take you directly to the page that deals with the question. If you do not see your question below, please click here.

ACCREDITATION 

What is accreditation? 

How can I determine if an institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)?  

Are branch campuses, online programs, distance learning programs, and instructional sites included in the grant of accreditation to an institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)?  

What is the difference between regional, national and specialized accreditation?

Where can I find the accreditation standards and policies of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges?

How does an institution become accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges?

What standards must an institution meet in order to gain or maintain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)?

What happens if an accredited institution doesn’t meet accreditation standards? 

How can I determine if there are any accredited institutions currently on the public sanction of “Warning” or “Probation”? 

What do “Warning” and “Probation” mean? 

Does the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredit online institutions?

COMPLAINTS

How can I file a complaint against an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)?

EVALUATION COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

How do I get on an evaluation committee? 

FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS

How can I teach in a member institution?

MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES

For questions about the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in December of each year.

For questions about the Summer Institute in July of each year, click here.

MEMBERSHIP  

How does an institution become accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges?

What standards must an institution meet in order to gain or maintain accreditation?

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE  

What is a substantive change and how should it be handled?

TRANSCRIPTS

Does the Commission on Colleges have access to College transcripts?

TRANSFER OF CREDITS

Will my credits transfer or enable me to attend graduate school?  

Degree Mills/Accreditation Mills

Where do I find out about Degree Mills/Accreditation Mills?

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