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SACS Accreditation Process

What is Reaffirmation of Accreditation?

Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) of an institution that already has accreditation is referred to as the Reaffirmation of Accreditation. It occurs every ten years. During this reaffirmation process Bridgewater College conducts internal reviews involving administrative officers, staff, faculty, students, trustees, and others appropriate to the review process. During this time a report is written in response to the compliance criteria established in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.

What is SACS?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization. It is the regional accrediting body for colleges and schools that exist within Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a part of the association, is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly is comprised of one voting representative from each member institution.

Why is SACS accreditation important if it is a voluntary organization?

Accreditation lends credibility to an institution because it demonstrates that the institution has presented how well it complies with strict, rigorous compliance criteria, and has been recognized by the institution’s peers that it has met those compliance criteria. Parents, students, graduate schools all use an institution’s accreditation status as a means of making choices.

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