Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is an accrediting body that is responsible for monitoring and accrediting post-secondary schools within the southern United States. States under their jurisdiction are: Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida at the associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree level.

SACS- COC has been accrediting schools since 1895, making it one of the oldest accrediting agencies in the country. Currently located in Decatur, GA, the organization includes a College Delegate Assembly, which provides one voting representative from every school accredited by the organization. These representatives elect 77 commissioners which work to lead the organization and make changes to the accreditation process as needed. There are additional committees within this accrediting body, which ensures that all accredited schools adhere to the standards.

The major function of SACS-COC is to ensure that schools in the southern region follow the standards of educational programming indicated within the accreditation guidelines. Schools vying for SACS-COC accreditation must go through a rigorous accreditation process; and after accreditation is granted, they must maintain their status through continuous self-evaluation and improvements of all educational programming.

This constant monitoring of student outcomes and professional development by faculty, staff, and administrators provide students with the confidence that they are receiving the very best in education possible. More information about this type of accreditation can be found on the SACS-COC website at

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