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Florida International University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Florida International University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. FIU is reaffirmed every ten years by the SACSCOC. 

The purpose of the site is to serve as a centralized hub to access all of the resources needed to understand FIU’s accreditation process and documentation as laid out by the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability.

The university’s reaffirmation process includes reports demonstrating compliance with the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations of Quality Enhancement set forth by the SACSCOC. 

In addition to the reports, the reaffirmation process includes extensive evaluation of compliance by an off-site peer review committee, an on-site peer review committee, and final review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. 

FIU’s Fifth-Year report is due March 15, 2027.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional accrediting body of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator for the enhancement of education quality and the improvement of institutional effectiveness among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees.


The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.


To serve as the premier model for shaping and ensuring the quality of higher education throughout the world.

SACSCOC Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Peer review/Self-regulation
  • Accountability
  • Student learning
  • Transparency