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 federal grants
Fundamentally, the SACSCOC standards are basic measures against which we can examine our institution and make improvements where needed.
The institutional effectiveness standards are perhaps the most important, as they 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.
Southern regional accreditation 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.