The Commission on Colleges adheres to the following fundamental characteristics of accreditation:
Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and is
an earned and renewable status.
Member institutions develop, amend, and approve
The process of accreditation is representative, responsive,
and appropriate to the types of institutions accredited.
Accreditation is a form of self-regulation.
Accreditation requires institutional commitment and
Accreditation is based upon a peer review process.
Accreditation requires an institutional commitment to
student learning and achievement.
Accreditation acknowledges an institution’s prerogative to
articulate its mission within the recognized context of
higher education and its responsibility to show that it is
accomplishing its mission.
Accreditation requires institutional commitment to the
concept of quality enhancement through continuous
assessment and improvement.
Accreditation expects an institution to develop a balanced
governing structure designed to promote institutional
integrity, autonomy, and flexibility of operation.
Accreditation expects an institution to ensure that its
programs are complemented by support structures and
resources that allow for the total growth and development
of its students (SACS, 2011).