The University of South Alabama (USA) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. On December 9, 2013, this accreditation was reaffirmed by SACSCOC. The next SACSCOC accreditation reaffirmation process is scheduled to take place in 2023.
SACSCOC defines accreditation as the following: “Accreditation is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and programs, and to help those institutions and programs improve. These outcomes are achieved through rigorous internal and external review processes during which the institution is evaluated against a common set of standards. When accreditation is awarded to an institution of higher education by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, it means that the institution has (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements. Accreditation by SACSCOC is a statement of the institution’s continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.” (http://www.sacscoc.org/FAQsanswers.asp, accessed 10/27/2014)
Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Alabama or visit http://www.sacscoc.org/index.asp to learn more about SACSCOC.
Other accrediting agencies for specific University of South Alabama degree programs are: