SACSCOC Accreditation

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Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master’s and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions may also offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine 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.

Please note: SACSCOC should be contacted only to inquire about the accreditation status of BCM, to ask questions about the accreditation process, or to pursue procedures for filing complaints against BCM. General inquiries, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and education programs should be addressed directly to BCM and SACSCOC’s office. To submit such evidence to SACSCOC, view the Complaint Procedures Against SACSCOC or Its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement.

SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

To maintain accreditation, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with SACSCOC policies.

Institutional accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental peer review process overseen by the higher education community that assures academic quality, accountability, and continuous improvement of member institutions. Institutional accreditation by a recognized regional accrediting agency qualifies University students to apply for federal financial aid and University researchers to apply for federally funded research grants.  Accreditation status also affirms for other institutions the value of credits qualifying for transfer.  States rely on accreditation to judge whether institutions or programs are of a quality to merit licensing or funding.

Since 1970, BCM has continuously maintained its SACSCOC accreditation, which was most recently reaffirmed in 2016. The College’s most recent SACSCOC review occurred in 2022 with the submission of the SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report, and its next reaffirmation of accreditation is in 2026.

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