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Vanderbilt University Accreditation

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

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Reaffirmation of accreditation occurs every 10 years, with interim reports due every 5 years. Vanderbilt was last reaccredited in 2007. A memorandum confirming Vanderbilt’s reaffirmation of accreditation may be found here.

Vanderbilt’s next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2016-2017. As part of the accreditation process, Vanderbilt will submit 1) a Compliance Certification demonstrating compliance with requirements, standards, and federal regulations, and 2) a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses a focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.

Substantive Change Policy

Vanderbilt is responsible for notifying or obtaining approval from SACSCOC before any substantive change in its programs is implemented. A substantive change is any significant modification or expansion of a degree program and includes offering coursework or programs at a more advanced level, significantly changing the content, duration or delivery method of a program, initiating joint degrees, and offering programs/courses through collaborative agreements. If a department, school or college, is contemplating a substantive change, it should complete the Substantive Change Survey to determine if the change needs to be reported to SACSCOC in advance. Dawn Turton, Assistant Provost for Faculty, will survey schools each semester to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion.

Please contact Dawn Turton, Assistant Provost for Faculty, for more information on the procedures for implementing a substantive change.

Programmatic Accrediting Agencies

Vanderbilt University is also accredited by a number of programmatic accrediting agencies. A list of these agencies may be found here.

Institutional, Financial Aid and Other Consumer Information

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has determined that Vanderbilt University is exempt from Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 20 of the Tennessee Code Annotated and Chapter 1540-01-02 of the Rules of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. An exemption letter from THEC may be found here.

The information in accordance with the disclosure requirements for institutions participating in federal financial aid programs under Title IV may be found here.