Tusculum College will be reviewed for reaffirmation of its accreditation with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and the master of arts degree in education and organizational management. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tusculum College. Tusculum College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, ehtnic origin, or handicap in the selection of its applicants.
IS TUSCULUM COLLEGE ACCREDITED?
Yes! Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and the master of arts degree in education and organ izational management.
You may also view Tusculum's institutional profile on the SACS website at: http://www.sacscoc.org/details.asp?instid=76720
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
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 the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 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 achieving its stated objectives. Accreditation is a statement of the institutionís continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACCREDITATION STANDARDS AND POLICIES OF THE COMMISSION ON COLLEGES?
For accreditation standards, please see www.sacscoc.org and click on Accrediting Standards; for policies click on Policies and Publications.
HOW DOES AN INSTITUTION BECOME ACCREDITED BY THE COMMISSION ON COLLEGES?
Please see www.sacscoc.org and click on Application Information.
WHAT STANDARDS MUST AN INSTIUTION MEET IN ORDER TO GAIN OR MAINTAIN ACCREDITATION?
Institutions accredited by the Commission on Colleges must demonstrate compliance with the standards for accreditation as contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, and with the policies and procedures of the Commission. (For additional information, please see www.sacscoc.org and click on Accrediting Standards and on Policies and Publications).
WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION DOESN'T MEET ACCREDITATION STANDARDS?
Institutions that do not demonstrate that they meet accreditation standards may be asked for monitoring reports, placed on the public sanctions of Warning or Probation, or dropped from status as a candidate or an accredited institution. (For additional information, please see http://www.sacscoc.org/policies.asp and click on Sanctions, Denial of Reaffirmation, and Removal from Membership).
HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF AN INSTITUTION IS ACCREDITED BY THE COMMISSION ON COLLEGE?
For a listing of institutions accredited by the Commission on Colleges, please see www.sacscoc.org and click on Membership Directory. (You may view Tusculum's institutional profile on the SACS website at: http://www.sacscoc.org/details.asp?instid=76720)
A complete list of frequently asked questions is listed on the SACS-COC web site: http://www.sacscoc.org/faqs.asp