Maintaining SACSCOC Accreditation

Helpful Resources

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement 

This official SACSCOC document outlines the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements with which accredited institutions, including UNA, must comply.

Selected  SACSCOC Policies

For more information on SACSCOC Policies, see

SACSCOC Guidelines

SACSCOC Good Practices

Substantive Change

Fifth-Year Interim Report

SACSCOC Handbooks

Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation

This SACSCOC handbook provides an overview of the reaffirmation process by describing the steps involved in the process, responsibilities of the various parties involved, examples of narratives to document compliance, and suggested methods for reporting compliance. The Handbook is to be used in concert with the Resource Manual

Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement
The Resource Manual supplements the Principles of Accreditation by offering institutions guidance on questions to consider and possible sources of documentation as they seek to document compliance. 

Handbook for Review Committees
The Handbook for Review Committees is a SACSCOC document used by reviewers and chairs of Off-Site and On-Site Review Committees as they evaluate institutions for reaffirmation. The Handbook provides details about the philosophy behind accreditation, the specific processes involved in SACSCOC reaffirmation, and guidance for conducting both off-site and on-site evaluations, including typical timelines, guidance for writing the reports, and the responsibilities of committee chairs. 

University of North Alabama Resources


UNA Mission Statement


UNA Strategic Plan, 2014-2019 

UNA Strategic Planning Process

SWOT Analysis (pdf)

UNA's Quality Enhancement Plan--Executive Summary  (pdf)

UNA’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Discipline-Specific Accrediting Bodies relevant to UNA

Organizations that Approve Specific Academic Programs

Given the fluid nature of websites, some of the links found on UNA’s Maintaining SACSCOC Accreditation website may no longer be active. Please contact Celia Reynolds (256-765-4625) or e-mail to report any dead links or to send any questions or comments.
Revised 9/09/2014