Accreditation & Academic Compliance

Accreditation & Academic Compliance

Academic compliance refers to policies, procedures, and practices in place to ensure that actions regarding degree and certificate programs – from the content of the offerings, to how and where they are delivered – adhere to institutional, state, accreditation, and federal requirements and standards.

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Reviews & Approval

Establishing academic programs or making changes to existing programs either in content, form, or location, require advanced internal and external governance reviews and approvals, which vary based on the type of action.

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The University of Virginia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. SACSCOC requires compliance with standards designed to assure educational quality and improve institutional effectiveness.

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State Authorization

Institutional Research and Analytics coordinates with units to safeguard compliance with state and federal approvals regarding UVA-sponsored educational activity that occurs in the United States outside the state of Virginia.

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For academic programs that prepare students for professional certification or licensure, Institutional Research and Analytics works with schools to provide information on whether the program meets the educational requirements for initial certification or licensure in a U.S. state or territory outside Virginia.