The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization founded in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Association accredits higher education degree-granting institutions.
The SACSCOC bases its accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions and entities on requirements in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. These requirements apply to all institutional programs and services, wherever located or however delivered. SACSCOC applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of the type of institution: private for-profit, private not-for-profit, or public.
The University of Mary Washington was first accredited in 1930, and its accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2013. The reaffirmation of accreditation review involved compilation of two separate documents: a Compliance Certification, and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
The Commission evaluates an institution and makes accreditation decisions based on the following:
- Compliance with the Principle of Integrity (Section 1)
- Compliance with the Core Requirements (Section 2)
- Compliance with the Comprehensive Standards (Section 3)
- Compliance with additional Federal Requirements (Section 4)
- Compliance with the policies of the Commission on Colleges (See
Appendix for definition, description, and reference to policies. Access
Commission’s Web page: www.sacscoc.org.)