The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.
Tyler Junior College (TJC) is accredited by SACSCOC to award associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificates.
What is accreditation? As defined by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, “Accreditation is both a process and a status. It is the process of reviewing colleges, universities, institutions and programs to judge their educational quality – how well they serve students and society. The result of the process, if successful, is the award of ‘accredited status’.”
Why is an accredited status important to students? As explained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, “’Accredited status’ means that students and the public can expect that a school or program lives up to its promises. It means that a student can have confidence that a degree or credential has value. Accreditation signals that the public can have confidence in the worth of an institution or program.”
SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation follows a 10 year cycle; Tyler Junior College was last reaffirmed in June 2011. The College is currently preparing its Compliance Certification document for Reaffirmation of Accreditation.
Questions about Tyler Junior College’s accreditation? Contact the College’s SACSCOC Liaison, Dr. Belinda A. Prihoda, Belinda.Prihoda@tjc.edu, or the association directly at Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 • (404)679-4500 • Fax: (404)679-4558.