Postsecondary accrediting agencies in the United States are private, nongovernmental organizations created specifically to evaluate the quality of institutions of higher education and their programs. They play a significant role in fostering public confidence in the educational enterprise, enhancing institutional effectiveness, and improving higher education by establishing a common set of standards with which accredited institutions must comply. Institutional accrediting agencies undergo review by the US Department of Education every five years and are recognized as gatekeepers of federal financial aid. Every ten years, SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) member institutions seek continued accreditation following a comprehensive review. UCF was initially accredited in 1970 and was last reaffirmed in 2016. For a copy of UCF’s certification of accreditation from SACSCOC, click here.
The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Questions about the accreditation of UCF 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 (www.sacscoc.org).
All correspondence with SACSCOC on behalf of the institution must be submitted by the president of the university or their designee, the SACSCOC liaison. Please direct all inquiries regarding matters of UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation to
Dr. Timothy Letzring
UCF SACSCOC Liaison
Sr. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Should members of the public wish to file a formal complaint with SACSCOC concerning the University of Central Florida, parties must follow the Commission’s Complaint Procedures Against the Commission or Its Accredited Institutions. Please read the document carefully before submitting a complaint. The SACSCOC complaint process is not intended to be used to involve the Commission in disputes between individuals and member institutions or to cause the Commission to interpose itself as a reviewing authority in individual matters; nor does the policy allow the Commission to seek redress on an individual’s behalf. The primary purpose of the SACSCOC complaint procedure is to acquire valuable information regarding an accredited institution’s possible non-compliance with accreditation standards, policies and procedures rather than to resolve individual disputes. Complaints must be tied to specific standard numbers from The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.
While UCF faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to seek informal resolution to their concerns, if unable to achieve closure, employees may follow appropriate university grievance procedures to request additional redress. Students may likewise file formal written complaints by following the appropriate procedure posted on the UCF Student Complaints and Appeals website. Note SACSCOC’s expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to suggest significant noncompliance with a specific requirement or standard. General inquiries about UCF, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and so on, should be addressed directly to the appropriate UCF department and not to SACSCOC.