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General Overview

Every ten years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) member institutions are required to undergo a comprehensive internal and external review in order to receive reaffirmation of accreditation. Surry Community College underwent its decennial review by SACSCOC in 2015, and its next decennial review will be 2025.

An On-Site Reaffirmation Committee, which also consists of faculty and staff members from other SACSCOC accredited institutions, will visit Surry Community College from September 16-19, 2024. The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee evaluates and determines the acceptability of the QEP, reviews areas of non-compliance noted by the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee, reviews standards and requirements related to the criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education, and investigates any additional areas of interest. The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee completes the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee, which is submitted to the Commission.

In June 2025, SACSCOC will notify Surry Community College of the reaffirmation of accreditation decision.

About SACSOC and The Process of Reaffirmation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees. To maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards and requirements in The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges.

As part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process, Surry Community College will submit

  1. A Compliance Certification demonstrating compliance with requirements, standards, and federal regulations,
  2. An Institutional Summary Form prepared for Commission review, and
  3. A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses a focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.

An Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee, which consists of faculty and staff members from other SACSCOC accredited institutions, will review Surry’s Compliance Certification in Fall 2024. Additional documentation may be required after the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee’s review.

Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary and self-regulatory mechanism of the higher education community. It plays a significant role in fostering public confidence in the educational enterprise, maintaining standards, enhancing institutional effectiveness, and improving higher education by establishing a common set of requirements with which accredited institutions must comply.

Types of Accrediting Agencies

The approximately 60 accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) reflect three basic approaches to accreditation:

  1. national accreditation,
  2. programmatic or specialized accreditation,
  3. regional accreditation.

National and regional agencies accredit the entire institution; programmatic agencies accredit programs within institutions.

College Accreditation

Surry Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Questions about the accreditation of Surry Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Importance of Reaffirmation for Accreditation

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that a college has:

  • A mission appropriate to higher education,
  • The resources, programs, and services to accomplish and sustain that mission,
  • Clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and that are appropriate to the degrees it offers, and
  • Success in achieving its stated objectives.

Maintaining fully accredited status ensures that the college remains in compliance with federal expectations and continues to receive federal Title IV funding.

  • December 4-6, 2022

    Orientation Meeting at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting

  • March 1, 2024

    Compliance Certification Due (Submit report)

  • April 25-26, 2024

    Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee Review

  • April-July, 2024

    Surry Responds to the Off-Site Focus Report, if required

  • August 1, 2024

    Surry Provides the Focus Report and Quality Enhancement Plan to the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee.

  • September 16-19, 2024

    On-Site Reaffirmation Committee Visit to Surry Community College

  • Spring 2025

    Surry Responds to the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee Report, if required

  • June 10-13, 2025

    SACSCOC Reaffirmation Decision

Leadership & Guidance Team


Quality Enhancement Plan IAT


Research Subcommittee


Design Subcommittee


Assessment Subcommittee


Budget and Marketing Subcommittee


Student Learning Outcomes Subcommittee


Strategic Plan

Five Year Plan 2023-2028

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