Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
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SACS operational area
|Headquarters||North Druid Hills, Georgia|
|Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia|
|Board of Trustees|
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) was one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, until it was incorporated into the new organization AdvancED. At its peak, the agency accredited over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. Its headquarters were located in North Druid Hills, Georgia, near Decatur and in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
SACS accredited educational institutions in the states of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as schools for US students in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
There were a number of affiliate organizations within the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. One affiliate organization is the Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.
Commission on Colleges
The SACS Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited universities and colleges in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America (Extraterritorial).
Every six months, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges published an online report on its accreditation actions, including reaffirmations of accreditation and public sanctions of institutions of higher learning. The reports include specific public sanctions of schools and statements disclosing why those institutions have been placed on sanction.
The Commission on Colleges accredited both public and private institutions of higher education in the United States, including some community colleges as well as four-year institutions. As a regional accreditor, SACSCOC accreditation extended to all of the educational programs offered at the accredited institution.
Institutions in Latin America accredited by SACSCOC included the Mexican universities of Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla; Universidad de las Americas, A.C.; Universidad de Monterrey; Tecnológico de Monterrey; and Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE or the Central American Institute of Business Administration) in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The SACSCOC has also accredited the American University in Dubai.
Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
SACS CASI accredited over 13,000 primary, middle, and secondary schools, as well as school systems located in the SACS region. In 2006, AdvancED was established with the unification of SACS CASI, NCA CASI, and NSSE creating the world's largest education community.
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