Accreditation and Endorsements
Welcome to the University of West Alabama’s website for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This website provides links to resources that will guide UWA’s reaffirmation process.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
According to the SACSCOC website:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.
Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate's, bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. 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 West Alabama.
UWA's Journey to SACS Reaffirmation
The University of West Alabama was initially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1938. UWA was last reaffirmed by SACS in 2002 and is scheduled for its next reaffirmation on-site review in 2013. To gain renewal of SACS accreditation involves a multi-year process guided by the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and by the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges (COC).
The reaffirmation process has changed considerably since UWA’s 2002 review. The current process requires the University to create two primary documents. The first, documenting compliance with the Principles, will be submitted to SACS by September 2012. This report will be reviewed by an Off-Site Review Committee in November 2012. Additionally, the process now requires the University to create a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a carefully developed multi-year blueprint for actively improving some specific aspect of student learning at UWA. The QEP, which is due six weeks prior to the on-campus visit, becomes the focus of the On-Site Review Committee slated to visit the campus in April 2013.
SACS requirements touch all aspects of the University’s program. For more information about UWA’s SACS Reaffirmation process, contact Dr. Tim Edwards, SACS Accreditation Liaison (205-652-3531), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and education specialist degrees.
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097