Accreditation and Compliance

Program Accreditation

In addition to the regional accreditation by SACSCOC, some ACC programs are accredited by industry or professional organizations.

Substantive Change Procedures

SACSCOC Substantive Change Policies

The Office of Accreditation and Compliance works with SACSCOC to ensure timely submission of substantive changes in compliance with The Principles of Accreditation. More information on the substantive change policies can be found on the SACSCOC website (Substantive Change).

Contact Us

All activities related to ACC's accreditation are directed by Office of Accreditation and Compliance. Dr. Mary E Harris, Associate Vice President of Academic Planning, Development, and Evaluation serves as ACC’s Accreditation Liaison.

Please direct questions concerning accreditation to:

QEP - Quality Enhancement Plan

Full details and Annual Reports can be found at MathPLUS.

ACC's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a course of action to improve student learning. Although it is a requirement for accreditation, it also is an opportunity for the college to enhance its overall quality and effectiveness by increasing student achievement in a single, critical area. According to accreditation standards, the QEP must be focused, grounded in ACC's mission, and connected to its strategic plan.

Fifth-Year Interim Report

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. 

Submitted Substantive Changes


Substantive Change

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines substantive change as a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation - Questions & Answers

Following are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Reaffirmation of Accreditation process: