Institutional Accreditation

Institutional accreditation of more than 2,800 colleges and universities is carried out through a process known as “regional accreditation”. Seven commissions in six geographic regions of the country operate through nongovernmental, non-profit voluntary associations.

Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Baylor University.

Accreditation Process

Baylor University has been accredited by SACSCOC since 1914, and was most recently reaffirmed by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees in December 2018. Accreditation is maintained through a combination of annual reports, fifth year reviews, and ten-year comprehensive reviews, including an on campus site visit by representatives from peer institutions. Baylor's accreditation was most recently reaffirmed by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees in December 2018. For more information regarding Baylor's official status with SACSCOC, visit the SACSCOC Institutional Details page for Baylor University.

In 2018, SACSCOC published a new edition of their Principles of Accreditation, which covers fourteen areas of institutional quality.

Quality Enhancement Plan

In each ten year period, institutions propose an area for strategic improvement for student learning and success through a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In 2018, Baylor initiated the Global Baylor QEP, which creates opportunities for students to engage in courses and activities that enhance their global perspective and intercultural competence.

Substantive Changes

Times of organizational change are occasions where institutions can be vulnerable to negative impacts on students. This could include starting a new program, adding a new degree level, or initiating a new instructional location. Institutional accreditors and the United States Department of Education (USDE) require sufficient planning through the Substantive Change process to ensure quality educational services are provided to students.

Office of
Institutional Effectiveness

Pat Neff Hall
1320 South 7th, #304
Waco, TX 76706

One Bear Place #97014
Waco, TX 76798-7014