Florida State University’s accreditation is reaffirmed every ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a private, non-profit, voluntary organization founded in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To be accredited and reaffirmed, the university must demonstrate compliance with the SACS Principles of Accreditation and prepare a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges involves extensive evaluation of compliance by off-site peer review, an onsite review, and review by the Commission’s Board of Trustees. For more information about SACSCOC, please see

SACS Online Portal

SACS Decennial Reaffirmation Project Timeline

June 2012

Orientation session in Atlanta for Leadership Team

Apr - Jul 2013

Advisory visit by COC staff, if desired

September 10, 2013

Compliance Certification due

November 2013

Off-site committee meets in Atlanta

Dec 2013 - Mar 2014

Focus Report and QEP due [6 weeks before the on-site visit]

March 10-16, 2014

Off-site visit

March 24-28, 2014

On-site visit [main campus]

Jul - Sep 2014

Response due to the Report of the Reaffirmation Committee due, if needed [5 months after visit]

December 2014

Reaffirmation decision