George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, 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 George Mason University.
Every ten years, the university engages in the process of reaffirmation of accreditation. This activity takes three years, and involves faculty, staff, and students from across the institution. The process consists of two major components: the compliance certification, a comprehensive review of the university’s administration, faculty, programs, and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that seeks to develop and enhance the university’s offerings in some particular way. George Mason University most recently chose to focus expanding undergraduate involvement in research in its Students as Scholars initiative.
The university’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in December, 2011, and extends until 2021. However, the university will undergo a more focused mid-point review in 2017. In October 2014, a SACSCOC review committee visited Mason Korea, and in June 2015, the Commission on Colleges gave final approval to the branch campus.
Individual programs or units may also hold specialized, discipline-specific accreditation.
Several university policies are particularly important in supporting accreditation:
- 3002 – Cross-level Listing of Undergraduate/Graduate Courses
- 3003 – Reporting and Approval of Academic Actions Constituting Substantive Change
- 3004 – Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education
- 3005 – Faculty Credential Evaluation and Documentation
- 3007 – Dual Degree Program Arrangements
Questions? Please contact Claudia Rector, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, at 703-993-8679.