SACS is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which is a private, nonprofit voluntary organization that was founded in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia. One part of SACS is the Commission on Colleges (COC) which has the responsibility of carrying out the accreditation process for institutions of higher learning in the Southern region. Parker University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the doctorate and bachelor degree, and certificate programs.
The mission of the COC is “the enhancement of educational quality throughout the southern region and the improvement of the effectiveness of the member institutions by ensuring that they meet standards that are established by the higher education community and address the needs of society and students.”
Member institutions are reviewed every ten years to determine if they meet the requirements and standards for accreditation that have been established and agreed upon by member institutions. Parker’s next review will take place in March of 2012.
Reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission will signify that Parker University has a mission appropriate to higher education and has the resources, programs and services to accomplish and sustain that mission. It will also signify that the institution maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and are appropriate to the degrees the university offers as well as demonstrating how well it fulfills its stated mission.
Parker University has to prepare two documents to be submitted to the Commission on Colleges (COC) in advance of the scheduled time of the reaffirmation.