Welcome from the President

Welcome to the website of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, better known as SACSCOC (pronounced SACS see-oh-see). The website is designed to provide information about (1) our member institutions (2) the policies, processes and publications of SACSCOC, (3) a listing of the elected members of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, and (4) other information relevant to the accreditation of our member institutions.

Founded in 1895, our parent company, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is currently comprised of the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI) and the Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Commission on Colleges was founded in 1917 and was organized to develop standards and a process for determining quality within colleges and universities in the South.

SACSCOC is responsible for assuring educational quality and improvement of the effectiveness of member institutions. These institutions are primarily located throughout eleven (11) southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia), several international institutions, and include all approved locations including off-campus locations (branch campuses and off-campus instructional sites), that grant associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. While the U.S. Department of Education currently refers to SACSCOC as an institutional accreditor, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees has decided to remain concentrated on the 11 southern states for membership.

On this website, you will find a list of our members and the status of their accreditation with SACSCOC, copies of our Standards and Resource Manual that provides explanations of those Standards, policies that guide the work of SACSCOC and links to other accrediting agencies, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). I encourage you to peruse the information provided here and to let us know how we might better serve you.

Dr. Wheelan’s Bio

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.