Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is an educational accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This agency accredits over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. Its headquarters are in North Druid Hills, Georgia, near Decatur, in the Atlanta metropolitan area.[1][2]

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
SACS operational area
AbbreviationSACS
Formation1895 (1895)
TypeNon-governmental organization
PurposeEducational accreditation
HeadquartersNorth Druid Hills, Georgia
Region served
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Chairman
John Pickelman
Main organ
Board of Trustees
AffiliationsCHEA
Websitewww.sacs.org

SACS accredits educational institutions in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as schools for US students in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.[3]

There are a number of affiliate organizations within the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. One affiliate organization is the Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.[4]


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