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Accrediting Standards

To gain or maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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. The Commission 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).

Listed below are seven documents:

1. The 2018 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2017 and effective January 1, 2018)

Resource Manual for the 2018 Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (Added March 2018)
This Manual is a companion piece to the 2018 Principles of Accreditation, providing guidance to applicant, candidate, and member institutions as well as to evaluation committees of the Commission.

The following presentation was presented by the Commission Staff

These cross-walks below identify the current standards (2018 Principles) with the previous standards (2012 Principles) for the Fifth Year Interim Report and the Decennial Reaffirmation Review. Please direct any comments or questions to the vice president assigned to your institution.

2. The 2012 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2011 and effective January 1, 2012) (Second Printing with edits)

3. The 2012 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2011 and effective January 1, 2012)(First Printing)

4. The 2010 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2009 and effective January 1, 2010)

5. The 2008 Edition of the Principles Of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement(adopted December 2007 and effective January 1, 2008)

6.  The 2007 Interim Edition of the Principles Of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement (adopted December 2006 and effective January 1, 2007)

7. The 1997-2003 Edition of the Criteria for Accreditation, standards in effect until the implementation of the Principles of Accreditation in January 2004 (adopted December 1984 and effective 1987 through 2003).

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