SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC-SACS).
What is COC-SACS?
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional accrediting body for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees. These institutions are located in the eleven U.S. southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) and Latin America.
What is the Purpose of Accreditation?
An institution that is accredited by COC-SACS is evidenced as having a valid purpose to higher education and ensures their services, programming, and resources support that purpose. Accreditation is a voluntary process and utilizes a self-regulatory mechanism. This process allows for the assessment of an institution's effectiveness, the determination to enhance the quality of student learning outcomes and the demonstration of the compliance with standards.
How is Accreditation Attained?
In order to gain or maintain accreditation with COC-SACS, institutions are required to comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the commission on Colleges. These principles apply to all applicants, candidates, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).