A Successful Visit

Volunteer peer reviewers from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) visited JMU to conduct our on-site visit April 2-4, 2013. The on-site review team primarily focused on our proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), but they also talked with faculty, staff and students about issues raised in JMU’s Compliance Certification and Focused Report. We are happy to report that the visiting team found no compliance issues and offered no recommendations. They were impressed with the proposal for the Madison Collaborative. The reaffirmation process will officially be completed in December at the SACSCOC annual meeting.

The SACSCOC Steering Committee would like to thank the numerous faculty, staff and students who partcipated in the reaffirmation project over the past three years. We would not have been successful without your time, effort and involvement.

Reports Submitted

The university submitted the Compliance Certification to our regional accrediting body, the SACSCOC, the first week of September. Many thanks go out to all of the people who assisted in the preparation of the report. This was a true team effort, and it could not have been completed without the participation of faculty and staff across campus.

To view a pdf of the report, click here: Compliance Certification. This document is available only to the JMU community using your e-Id and password. The pdf contains the narrative submitted to SACSCOC without links to documentation.

In November, JMU submitted a Focused Report in response to comments received from the off-site review team.

What is Accreditation?

James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC accreditation permits faculty to compete for federally funded research grants and for student to have access to federally subsidized financial aid. It also means that JMU courses are recognized by other institutions.

The university was reaffirmed in 2002. Reaffirmation occurs every 10 years; our next certification report will be due in fall of 2012, with a review team visiting in spring 2013. This Web site is designed to keep the university community up-to-date on the efforts JMU is undertaking to prepare for reaffirmation of accreditation.

The accreditation process is never ending. Once the previous reaffirmation was granted, work was started to prepare for the 2013 due date. Reaffirmation has two major tasks:

The purpose of this Web site is to:

The goal of the SACSCOC steering committee is that the final compliance report (narrative and documentation/evidence) will:

SACSCOC Resources

For more information on the overall SACSCOC process, go to http://www.sacscoc.org/. This Web site provides institutions with the most current information with regard to SACSCOC expectations and procedures.

The SACSCOC Office is located on the second floor of Sheldon Hall in room 223. For more information with regard to the JMU SACSCOC Reaffirmation or questions, please contact Ann Myers or Herb Amato.


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James Madison University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of James Madison University.

The Commission should only be contacted concerning an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about James Madison University (such as admission requirements, financial aid, education programs, etc.) should be directed to JMU, not the Commission's office.