While the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) conducts an intensive review of its member institutions every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Education requires accrediting agencies to monitor institutions more often to ensure that those eligible for federal funds continue to meet accreditation standards. To that end, the commission has developed a Fifth-Year Interim Report.
The Fifth-Year Interim Report is an abbreviated compliance report that addresses select standards, issues from the last visiting committee review, and the QEP impact (The Fifth-Year Interim Report Process: an Overview). Completion of the report includes five components:
- Signature Attesting to Integrity
- Institutional Summary Form
- Fifth-Year Compliance Certification
- Fifth-Year Follow Up Report (as requested by Board of Trustees)
- QEP Impact Report
An off-site review committee then visits previously unvisited off-campus instructional sites initiated since the last reaffirmation and offers 50% or more of a program. The areas of evaluation as applicable to the off‐ campus instructional site(s) include: (1) faculty qualifications and access, (2) qualifications of administrative and academic officials leading activities and programs at the site(s), (3) student services, (4) library/learning resource accessibility and sufficiency, (5) physical facilities supporting the programs, and (6) student learning outcomes compared to similar programs offered on the main campus.
Recent Interim Reports and Reaffirmations
- Fifth-Year Interim Report September 29, 2008
- SACS Approval Letter January 7, 2009
- Reaffirmation from SACS July 10, 2013
- Upcoming: Fifth-Year Interim Report September 14, 2018
Fifth-Year Interim Report Working Teams
To facilitate the completion of the upcoming Fifth-Year Interim Report, Principles of Accreditation to be addressed have been separated into related sections and tasked to a staff working team. Working Teams interpret SACSCOC criteria; define adequacy as appropriate to our institution; and identify potential compliance and/or documentation issues and needs for resolution. Each Working Team is assigned as Working Team Lead to head the writing of the response to the Principles.
Timeline for Fifth-Year Interim Report
ACC’s next Fifth-Year Interim Report will be completed and submitted by September 14, 2018 to be reviewed by a SACSCOC Committee in December 2018. Following the Fifth-Year Interim Report, the next reaffirmation will be in 2023.