Regional Accreditation


What is SACSCOC?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is an institutional accreditor for quality assurance in higher education. SACSCOC accredits institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees, including those offered via distance and correspondence education, and direct assessment within these institutions.

The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees its offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

SACSCOC accreditation is necessary for accreditation by each of the individual professional accrediting bodies of the programs at LSUHSC-NO as well as for students to access federal student aid.

LSUHSC-NO's SACSCOC On-Site Reaffirmation Visit is March 25-27, 2025.

What is a QEP?

QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. It is a campus-wide course of action related to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success. It is a core requirement for the reaffirmation of accreditation process. It is a course of action specific to the institution and its mission.

The QEP must:

  1. be a topic identified through ongoing, comprehensive planning and evaluation processes
  2. have broad-based support of institutional constituencies
  3. focus on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success
  4. have committed resources to initiate, implement, and complete
  5. include a plan to assess achievement

How are you involved?

The success of our QEP requires participation from students, faculty, staff, and administrators across all six schools and the health sciences center as a whole. Take time to complete surveys and provide feedback. If you have ideas or suggestions, reach out to the faculty or student representatives to the QEP Steering Committee from your school.