Belmont University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters 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 Belmont University.
Letter to campus from Provost Dr. Thomas Burns, December 2011:
After more than two years of work and involvement from every corner of the university, I am pleased to report that Belmont has been reaffirmed for accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
As you know, every ten years Belmont University must reaffirm its accreditation through SACS. This process requires the University to demonstrate compliance with various standards and to present SACS with a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that describes a project the University will undertake to improve student learning outcomes, in our case the Growth and Purpose for Sophomores effort. The entire self-study process requires us to demonstrate compliance while showing what makes Belmont the outstanding institution it is.
Thanks to the good work done by countless individuals across campus, we have been successful in our bid for reaffirmation.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states, including Belmont University. The commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.
The commission requires that all colleges and universities reaffirm their accreditation review every 10 years, and Belmont is currently in the reaffirmation process. Belmont’s compliance report for reaffirmation through SACS was submitted to the commission on Sept. 9, 2010. Dr. Bob Fisher received a response from the commission on Nov. 23, 2010. In collaboration with senior leaders and deans, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Paula Gill submitted a focused report on Dec. 21, 2010, whereby any area of concern was addressed and supported with documentation to show compliance.
The chairperson of the SACS onsite team for Belmont will visit campus on January 19 and 20 in preparation for the full onsite committee review February 15 to 17. Arrangements are under way for this visit including logistics for the team such as complete office accommodations at their hotel and on campus, communicating with faculty, staff and students about the impending visit and promoting Belmont's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) titled The Sophomore-Year Experience. Read more about the Sophomore Year Experience.