Regional accreditation is…
- Important to the maintenance of our reputation
- Important to the transferability of earned UT credit hours to other institutions
- Essential for the acceptance of our students to graduate and professional schools elsewhere
- Necessary for access to federal student financial aid and to some federal grants
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards are basic measures against which we can examine our institution and make improvements where needed.
The institutional effectiveness standards ask us to engage in the continual improvement of institutional quality. They ask us to be data driven; to review systematically our mission, goals, and outcomes as an institution; and for all our programs (academic programs at college and departmental levels, general education program, student life offices, student support services, administrative support services, research, and community/public service) to do the same.
UT was last reaffirmed by SACSCOC as of January 2016 after review of our Compliance Report submitted in September 2014. We will submit our Fifth-Year Interim Report in March 2021. Our accreditation is reaffirmed through December 2025.
Regional accreditation in the southern United States dates to 1895 with the inaugural class of Duke University, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of the South, Vanderbilt University, and Washington and Lee University. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, were the second class of institutions receiving accreditation.