SACSCOC Reaffirmation Frequently Asked Questions


What is SACSCOC?
SACSCOC is an acronym for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of higher education institutions in 11 southern states and Latin America that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. Greenville Technical College is accredited by this body to award associate degrees.

What does accreditation mean?
Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges means that a university has:

  • a purpose appropriate to higher education
  • the resources, programs and services to accomplish that purpose
  • clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and that are appropriate to the degrees it offers
  • success in achieving its stated objectives.

According to the Commission on Colleges, accreditation is:
[b]oth a process and a product, [it] relies on integrity, thoughtful and principled judgment, rigorous application of requirements, and a context of trust. It provides an assessment of an institution's effectiveness in the fulfillment of its mission, its compliance with the requirements of its accrediting association, and its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and its programs and services. Based upon reasoned judgment, the process stimulates evaluation and improvement, while providing a means of continuing accountability to constituents and the public. - The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement

What is reaffirmation of accreditation?
To maintain accreditation with the 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 on Colleges. The Principles apply to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).
Every 10 years, colleges and universities accredited by SACSCOC participate in a rigorous self-examination according to SACSCOC guidelines. This is a two-year process that culminates in two stages of peer review conducted by senior level faculty and administrators at other institutions. These reviewers write reports and make determinations as to whether a school is in compliance with the SACSCOC's Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and Federal Mandates. The reviewers submit their reports and recommendations to the SACSCOC. The Commission determines reaffirmation of accreditation.

What happens if Greenville Technical College doesn't get reaffirmed?
It cannot be overstated how important reaffirmation of accreditation is to Greenville Technical College and its future. Anything less than full reaffirmation potentially means:

  • loss of federal funding
  • loss of prestige and reputation in academia