Introduction

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that the its member institutions represent their status with the Commission identically in all statements about their accreditation status, in both internally developed and published communications and media (Principle 14.1 - Publication of Accreditation Status), and in communications and media developed for dissemination to outside agencies (SACSCOC Principle 14.4 - Representation to Other Agencies).

Principle 14.1 states that:

An institution is responsible for representing accurately to the public its status and relationship with SACSCOC. Providing information on accreditation status makes it possible for anyone to inquire about the accreditation status of the institution, to ask questions about the accreditation process, or to pursue procedures for filing complaints against an institution.

Principle 14.4 states that:

The Commission requires candidate and member institutions holding accredited or candidacy (pre-accredited) status from more than one U.S. Department of Education– recognized institutional accrediting agency to keep each agency apprised of any change in its status with one or another agency. Any institution seeking or holding accreditation from more than one USDOE-recognized institutional accrediting agency must describe itself in identical terms to each agency with regard to purpose, governance, programs, degrees, diplomas, certificates, personnel, finances, and constituents, and must keep each USDOE recognized accrediting body, including SACSCOC, apprised of any change in its status with one or another accrediting agency.

This style guide provides the exact wording that must be used in all UF communications that state UF’s accreditation status.

Accurate Name and Abbreviation for all Communications

The appropriate style for referencing our accreditor's name is:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • It is also appropriate, but not required, to include the abbreviation (SACSCOC) following the full name of the accreditor, like this: Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Important. When using the abbreviation, do not use 'SACS'. Always use the full name and/or abbreivation in reports, presentations, documents (digital and hardcopy), and all other internal and publicly disseminated media.
Accurate Representation in Official UF Documents and Websites

UF documents (catalogs, handbooks, etc.) and websites that include statments about the univeristy's institutional accreditation must represent UF's status with SACSCOC using the following language:

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the 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 Florida.

ACcurate Representation in Flyers and Other Recruitment Materials

It is acceptable to reference accreditation by SACSCOC in flyers and other recruiting materials without the full statement, as follows:

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

or, if space allows,

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Accurate Representation in Accreditation Report Narratives to Professional and Disciplinary Accreditors

Initial reference. When writing narrative reports or other communications to professional or disciplinary accreditors that include statements about the university’s institutional accreditation, we must represent UF's status with SACSCOC in the initial reference within the narrative using the following language:

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the 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 Florida.

Subsequent references. Subsequent references to accreditation within the same narrative may use one of the following shortened references:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • SACSCOC

Please note: If your disciplinary or professional accreditor uses an electronic form they generate and require, complete the form as required. This applies to only to representation in narrative responses.

Questions

Direct questions to Timothy S. Brophy, Director of Institutional Assessment. Email: assessment@aa.ufl.edu  Office: 352-273-4476.