Accreditation SACSCOC 2022 Reaffirmation of Accreditation Shaw University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the masters and baccalaureate degrees. Shaw University is currently preparing for the 2022 reaffirmation of accreditation. Reaffirmation occurs every 10 years, with a fifth year interim report due in between. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a regional accrediting commission, is a voluntary association of degree-granting institutions located in the southeastern region of the United States that elect to engage in a self-regulatory process of quality assurance. That process expects accredited members to comply with standards in the areas of mission, institutional effectiveness and student learning, governance, curriculum and educational programs, faculty, academic and student support and financial and physical resources, and to comply with the policies of SACSCOC. The Principles of Accreditation, SACSCOC standards for accreditation, focuses on student learning and the institution’s capacity and resources to fulfill its mission. Reaffirmation of accreditation is a process which ensures that member institutions maintain continuing compliance with Commission policies and the Principles of Accreditation – the accreditation standards of the membership. It involves a collective analysis and judgment by the institution’s internal constituencies and informed review of peers external to the institution, and a reasoned decision by the elected members of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.