Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 407-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College.
There is a three-fold purpose for publishing the address and contact number of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This is done to enable interested constituents:
- to learn about the accreditation status of LSU;
- to file a third-party comment at the time of LSU's decennial review; or
- to file a third-party complaint against LSU for alleged non-compliance with a standard requirement of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Direct all other inquiries about programs, services, or admission directly to LSU. Normal inquiries about LSU should be directed to LSU, not the Commission's office. Contact information for university offices and departments can be found in the LSU A-Z listing on the university's home page.
SACSOC is one of six regional commissions in the US that accredits degree-granting institutions. Currently, SACSCOC accredits approximately 800 institutions in 11 southern states--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia--and in Latin America. LSU is one of the member institutions of SACSCOC, meaning that LSU participates in the development, amendment, and approval of accreditation requirements.
According to its mission statement, “Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution:
- has a mission appropriate to higher education;
- has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission; and
- maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.”
SACSCOC accreditation requires institutions to comply with the nearly 100 standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. SACSCOC accreditation is necessary for LSU because it:
- allows students to graduate from "an accredited institution";
- permits students to receive federal funding for their education;
- enables faculty to seek and receive support through federal grants and contracts; and
- assures all other disciplinary accrediting organizations of an appropriate level of learning.
For accreditation purposes, LSU is considered as a Level VI, Track B institution. Level VI institutions are accredited to award doctoral degrees in four or more academic or professional disciplines. Track B institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees or graduate degrees only.