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Accreditation at ECU 

Accreditation is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and programs, and to help those institutions and programs improve. These outcomes are achieved through rigorous internal and external review processes during which the institution is evaluated against a common set of standards.

When accreditation is awarded to an institution of higher education by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, it means that the institution has (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements. 

Regional Accreditation:  Regional accrediting bodies conduct comprehensive reviews of institutions of higher education and operate primarily in a specific geographical area. The accreditation granted encompasses the entire institution including all degree programs, instructional sites, and online programs.  There are seven regional accrediting associations in the United States comprising eight commissions that grant institution-wide accreditation (For a list of regional accrediting agencies, please see While there are some modest differences in accreditation standards across regions, they operate similarly and all are recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to conduct accreditation activities.  Regional accrediting bodies also serve a “gate keeper” function for access to Title IV funds. East Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools--Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).  For more information about the accrediting process, please see

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditation: Specialized accreditors conduct focused reviews of a single educational program and operate primarily throughout the United States, although a few operate internationally. Many are recognized by the USDE to conduct accreditation activities. For a list of specialized accrediting agencies, please see For a list of accredited programs at ECU, please click here.