SACSCOC Standards

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Comprehensive Standards

Comprehensive Standards are specific to the operations of an institution, represent good practice in higher education, and establish a level of accomplishment expected of all member institutions. The Comprehensive Standards set forth requirements in the following four areas: (1) institutional mission, governance, and effectiveness; (2) educational programs; (3) resources; and (4) institutional responsibility for Commission policies.

Standard Description
3.1.1 Mission
3.2.1 CEO Evaluation/Selection
3.2.2 Governing Board Control
3.2.2.1 Institution's Mission
3.2.2.2 Fiscal Stability of the Institution
3.2.2.3 Institutional Policy
3.2.3 Board Conflict of Interest
3.2.4 External Influence
3.2.5 Board Dismissal
3.2.6 Board/Administration Distinction
3.2.7 Organizational Structure
3.2.8 Qualified Administrative/Academic Officers
3.2.9 Personnel Appointment
3.2.10 Administrative Staff Evaluations
3.2.11 Control of Intercollegiate Athletics
3.2.12 Fund-Raising Activities
3.2.13 Institution-Related Entities
3.2.14 Intellectual Property Rights
3.3.1 Institutional Effectiveness
3.3.1.1 Educational Programs to Include Student Learning
3.3.1.2 Administrative Support Services
3.3.1.3 Academic and Student Support Services
3.3.1.4 Research Within its Mission
3.3.1.5 Community/Public Service Within its Mission
3.3.2 Quality Enhancement Plan
3.4.1 Academic Program Approval
3.4.2 Continuing Education/Service Programs
3.4.3 Admissions Policies
3.4.4 Acceptance of Academic Credit
3.4.5 Academic Policies
3.4.6 Practices for Awarding Credit
3.4.7 Consortial Relationships/Contractual Agreements
3.4.8 Noncredit to Credit
3.4.9 Academic Support Services
3.4.10 Responsibility for Curriculum
3.4.11 Academic Program Coordination
3.4.12 Technology Use
3.5.1 General Education Competencies
3.5.2 Institutional Credits for a Degree
3.5.3 Undergraduate Program Requirements
3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty
3.6.1 Post-Baccalaureate Program Rigor
3.6.2 Graduate Curriculum
3.6.3 Institutional Credits for a Graduate Degree
3.6.4 Post-Baccalaureate Program Requirements
3.7.1 Faculty Competence
3.7.2 Faculty Evaluation
3.7.3 Faculty Development
3.7.4 Academic Freedom
3.7.5 Faculty Role in Governance
3.8.1 Learning/Information Resources
3.8.2 Instruction of Library Use
3.8.3 Qualified Staff - Library
3.9.1 Student Rights
3.9.2 Student Records
3.9.3 Qualified Staff - Student Affairs
3.10.1 Financial Stability
3.10.2 Financial Aid Audits
3.10.3 Control of Finances
3.10.4 Control of Sponsored Research/External Funds
3.11.1 Control of Physical Resources
3.11.2 Institutional Environment
3.11.3 Physical Facilities
3.12.1 Substantive Change
3.13.1 Policy Compliance
3.14.1 Publication of Accreditation Status

SACSCOC Resource Manual, 2012 Edition