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Policies, Guidelines, Good Practices, and Position Statements

In addition to the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, the accreditation standards of SACSCOC, the Commission has four categories of documents: 1) policies, 2) guidelines, 3)good practices, and 4) position statements. For each of the four categories below, the Commission defines the term and lists the documents categorized as such. There is also a link below explaining the recent changes to documents on this page.

For all documents, SACSCOC maintains currency on the Web and reserves the right to add, modify, or delete any of the documents listed

Commission Policies
Commission Guidelines
Commission Good Practices
Commission Position Statements

Commission Policies

Definition: A policy is a required course of action to be followed by SACSCOC or its member or candidate institutions. Commission policies may also include procedures, which are likewise a required course of action to be followed by SACSCOC or its member or candidate institutions. The Principles of Accreditation requires that an institution comply with the policies and procedures of the Commission. Policies are approved by vote of the Board of Trustees. At its discretion, the Board of Trustees may choose to forward a policy to the College Delegate Assembly for approval.

The following are categorized as policies of the Commission.

Accreditation Procedures for Applicant Institutions  (Updated Dec 2018)

Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies  (Edited March 2014, reformatted Aug 2014)

Accreditation Records Retention, Maintenance, and Destruction Policy for SACSCOC  (Approved June 2018)

Administrative Procedures for the Meetings of the Committees on Compliance and Reports (Edited December 2011, reformatted Aug 2018)

Advertising and Student Recruitment  ((Reformatted Aug 2018))

Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards (Updated July 2018)

Appeals Procedures of the College Delegate Assembly (Edited June 2014, reformatted Aug 2018)

Complaint Procedures Against SACSCOC or Its Accredited Institutions (Edited Aug 2018)

Conflict of Interest for SACSCOC Staff  (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Core Requirement 3.1.b: Documenting an Alternative Approach (Updated Mar 2018)

Core Requirement 5.1:Documenting an Alternative Approach (Updated Mar 2018)

Credit Hours  (Edited Aug 2018)

Deadlines for Reports and Profiles  (Edited Aug 2018)

Direct Assessment Competency Based Educational Programs (Edited Aug 2018)

Disclosure of Accrediting Documents and Actions of SACSCOC (Edited Mar 2014, reformatted Aug 2018)

Distance and Correspondence Education  (Edited Jan 2012, reformatted Aug 2018)

Dual Enrollment (Approved Dec 2018)

Dues, Fees and Expenses  (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Enrollment Growth Institutions (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Ethical Obligations of Evaluators  (Edited June 2018)

Ethical Obligations of Members of SACSCOC Board of Trustees (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Fifth-Year Interim Report (Approved June 2018)

Governing, Coordinating, and Other State Agencies: Representation on Evaluation Committees(Edited Jan 2012, reformatted Aug 2018)

Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure (Revised June 2018)

Integrity and Institutional Obligations to SACSCOC   (Revised Aug 2018)

Litigation: Institutional Obligations (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Mergers, Consolidations, Change of Ownership, Acquisitions, and Change of Governance, Control, Form, or Legal Status (Edited July 2019)

Mission Statement of the Commission (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Observers on Reaffirmation On-site Review Committees (Edited Jan 2012)

Policies, Guidelines, Good Practices, and Position Statements: Definitions for Accreditation Purposes(Edited Jan 2012, Reformatted Aug 208)

Quality and Integrity of Educational Credentials (Edited Dec 2018)

Quality Enhancement Plan (Approved June 2018)

Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports (Revised and Edited June 2018)

Reimbursement for Expenses (Edited Jan 2012, reformatted Aug 2018)

Reports Submitted for SACSCOC Review (Revised June 2019)

Sanctions, Denial of Reaffirmation, and Removal from Membership  (Edited and Revised June 2018)

Seeking Accreditation from Another Region (Edited Aug 2018)

Separate Accreditation for Units of a Member Institution (Revised June 2018)

Special Committee Procedures and Team Report  (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Standing Rules: SACSCOC Board of Trustees, Executive Council, and the College Delegate Assembly (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Substantive Change for SACSCOC Accredited Institutions (Edited Dec 2018)

Third-Party Comment by the Public  (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Unsolicited Information  (Reformatted Aug 2018)

Commission Guidelines

Definition: A guideline is an advisory statement designed to assist institutions in fulfilling accreditation requirements. As such, guidelines describe recommended educational practices for documenting requirements of the Principles of Accreditation and are approved by the Executive Council. The guidelines are examples of commonly accepted practices that constitute compliance with the standard. Depending upon the nature and mission of the institution, however, other approaches may be more appropriate and also provide evidence of compliance.

The following are categorized as guidelines of the Commission:

The Accreditation Liaison (Edited Jan 2012)

Emergency Temporary Relocation of Instruction (Endorsed Dec 2017)

Faculty Credentials  (Updated April 2018)

Full-time Faculty (Revised June 2019)

Guidelines for Addressing Distance and Correspondence Education (Approved Dec 2011)

Guidelines for International Travel and Committee Visits To Member Institutions (Approved June 2018)

The Nominating Committee of SACSCOC  (Edited Jan 2007)

Requests for Data or Research Assistance  (Approved Dec 2015)

Travel and Committees Visits  (Edited Feb 2004)

Commission Good Practices

Definition: Good practices are commonly accepted practices within the higher education community that enhance institutional quality. Good practices may be formulated by outside agencies and organizations and endorsed by the Executive Council or SACSCOC.

Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs (Endorsed Dec 2000)

Closing a Program, Site, Branch or Institution (Revised Aug 2011, reformatted July 2014)

Developing Policy and Procedures Documents (Adopted June 2010)

Commission Position Statements

Definition: A position statement examines an issue facing the Commission’s membership, describes appropriate approaches, and states the Commission’s stance on the issue. It is endorsed by the Executive Council or SACSCOC.

The following are categorized as position statements of the Commission:

The Impact of Budget Reductions on Higher Education  (Endorsed Mar 2002)

Diversity A Position Statement of the SACSCOC (Revised June 2011)

Transfer of Academic Credit  (Endorsed June 2003)


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