Accreditation Overview

Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the Associate and Bachelor's degrees.

The purpose of publishing the commission's contact information is to enable interested parties 1) to learn about the accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Dalton State, such as admission requirements, financial aid, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission.

Complaint Procedures Against SACSCOC (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf)

Complaints against the SACSCOC are limited to complaints regarding the agency’s standards, procedures, and Commission staff or any other Commission representative. In order to be considered a formal complaint against the Commission, a complaint must involve issues broader than a concern about a specific institutional action.

The procedures for filing a complaint are as follows:

  1. If the complaint is against a Commission staff member or an agency representative, such as an offsite or on-site visiting team member, the following procedure applies. Examples might include: evidence that a staff member failed to follow Commission policy, evidence of an on-site committee member exhibiting bias against an institution, evidence that a staff member or committee member has a conflict of interest in working with an institutional case, etc.

  • The individual should submit a written complaint to the President of SACSCOC that includes a description of the specific complaint accompanied by documentation supporting the allegation.
  • The President will acknowledge the complaint within 10 working days of its receipt.
  • Following review, the President will inform the complainant of action within 30 days of receipt of the complaint.
  1. If the complaint is against the President of SACSCOC, the following procedure applies. Examples might include: evidence of failure to follow Commission policy, evidence of failure to attend to allegations of unfair treatment by a staff member against an institution, etc.
  • The individual should submit a written complaint to the Chair of SACSCOC Board of Trustees that includes a description of the specific complaint. It should be addressed to “SACSCOC Chair of the Board of Trustees” at the SACS Commission on Colleges’ Atlanta address.
  • The Chair of the Board of Trustees will acknowledge the complaint within 15 working days of its receipt and will designate a committee composed of members of the Executive Council to investigate the complaint and recommend action to the Chair. The investigation may include review of the complaint with SACSCOC President as well as with the complainant.
  • The Chair of the Board of Trustees will review the Council’s action and inform the complainant and SACSCOC President of action within 45 days of receipt of the complaint.
  • Concern that a Commission action was not in accord with the complainants expectations is not in and of itself cause for review of the complaint.
  1. If the complaint is against SACSCOC or a member of its Board of Trustees, the following procedure applies. Examples might include: evidence that a Board member failed to recuse him or herself from the discussion and vote of an accreditation case where a conflict of interest existed, evidence that the Commission failed to apply policy, etc.
  • The individual should submit a written complaint to the Chair of SACSCOC Board of Trustees that includes a description of the specific complaint. It should be addressed to “SACSCOC Chair of the Board of Trustees” at the SACS Commission on Colleges’ Atlanta address.
  • The Chair of the Board of Trustees will acknowledge the complaint within 15 working days of its receipt and will designate a committee composed of members of the Executive Council to investigate the complaint and recommend action to the Chair. The investigation may include review of the complaint with SACSCOC President, the Board of Trustees member, as well as with the complainant.
  • The Chair of the Board of Trustees will review the Council’s action and inform the complainant and SACSCOC President of action within 45 days of receipt of the complaint.
  • Concern that a Commission action was not in accord with the complainants expectations is not in and of itself cause for review of the complaint.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097