Accreditation

Institutional accreditation (SACSCOC)

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The university is committed to continuous improvement of its programs and services to ensure the quality and accessibility of its offerings. Accreditation and academic compliance are essential features of this process.

Virginia Commonwealth University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The commission should only be contacted concerning an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about Virginia Commonwealth University (such as admission requirements, financial aid, education programs, etc.) should be directed to the university, not the commission’s office.

The SACSCOC accreditation liaison for the university is Deborah Noble-Triplett, senior vice provost for academic affairs.

Why accreditation matters

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the instituition:

  • Has a mission appropriate to higher education
  • Has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission
  • Maintains clearly specified educational objectives consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the process of self-reflection and evidence-based evaluation toward achieving its stated objectives

Beyond that, accreditation ensures we honor the promises we make to our VCU community. It exemplifies a shared understanding and demonstration of the SACSCOC core values — integrity, peer review, student learning, continuous quality improvement, accountably and transparency — across the university.