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

Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards (pdf)
Complaint Procedures against the Commission or its Accredited Institutions (pdf)
Credit Hours (pdf)
Distance and Correspondence Education (pdf)
Integrity and Accuracy in Institutional Representation (pdf)
Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees (pdf)
Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports (pdf)
Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the COC (pdf)
For more information on SACSCOC Policies, see

SACSCOC Guidelines

Advertising, Student Recruitment, and Representation of Accredited Status(pdf)
Faculty Credentials (pdf)
Guidelines for Addressing Distance and Correspondence Education (pdf)

SACSCOC Good Practices

Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs (pdf)
Developing Policy and Procedures Documents (pdf)  

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. It 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

Graduate Catalog (links to pdf version for several years)
Undergraduate Catalog (links to pdf version for several years)

Diversity at UNA 

General Information about UNA

Handbooks for the UNA Community

Faculty Handbook
Staff Handbook (pdf)
Student Handbook 
University Employee Policy Manual and Handbook (pdf)

Institutional Data for UNA

Institutional Effectiveness at UNA

Institutional Effectiveness Committee 
Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment (OIRPA)

Guide for Planning and Assessing Institutional Effectiveness

Shared Governance at UNA

Steps for Making Changes at UNA 

UNA Complaint Policy

UNA Mission Statement
UNA Strategic Plan, 2014-2019 
UNA Strategic Planning Process
     SWOT Analysis (pdf)
UNA Strategic Plan, 2007-2012 (pdf)
Implementation of UNA's 2007-2012 Strategic Plan (pdf)
UNA Substantive Change Policy (pdf)

UNA's SACSCOC Reaffirmation Documents

Compliance Certification Report (pdf)
Focused Report (pdf)

Assessment of Compliance with new Principles of Accreditation 2012  (pdf)

UNA’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Discipline-Specific Accrediting Bodies relevant to UNA

ACBSP Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
CSWE Council on Social Work Education
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NCATE National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education
NKBA National Kitchen & Bath Association

Organizations that Approve Specific Academic Programs

ACS American Chemical Society

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 7/22/2014