Mars Hill receives reaffirmation of SACSCOC accreditation

Mars Hill University has received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The decision was announced by the SACSCOC Board at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlanta this week.

SACSCOC is the recognized accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. All institutions accredited by SACSCOC are required to undergo a comprehensive review for reaffirmation of accreditation every 10 years.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our university trustees, faculty, and staff,” said university president, Tony Floyd. “We appreciate everyone who worked many hours to pull this all together. Our future is very bright and having outside peer reviewers approve of our work gives us great momentum.”

The process includes a three-stage review of 74 comprehensive standards over the course of two years. Additionally, faculty and staff developed a Quality Enhancement Plan focused on developing problem solving as a tool for students to develop inside and outside of the classroom. This reaffirmation is a confirmation for students, parents, employees, alumni, and the public of the institution’s continuing commitment to quality as well as its capacity to provide effective programs and services that help students design a life with purpose. SACSCOC accreditation also allows Mars Hill to participate in federal and state financial aid programs.

“SACSCOC is well-known as having the most rigorous and comprehensive process among the nation’s accrediting bodies. I could not be more proud to see the dedication and efforts of our faculty and staff affirmed in this way,” said Tracy Parkinson, Mars Hill University Executive Vice President and Provost, who also served as the Institutional Accreditation Liaison.

Mars Hill University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Mars Hill University 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 (