– Florida Tech administrators just received word that the university has received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next ten years. Florida
Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The university undergoes
the exhaustive review process every ten years.
The Florida Tech SACS accreditation team was led by Dr. Robert Fronk, vice provost for academic affairs. The team has worked since 2002 to supply SACS
evaluators with relevant information.
The Commission on Colleges of SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia). The body also accredits schools in Latin America, which award
bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees.
To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must submit a compliance certification document that demonstrates its
judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the commission’s core requirements. The institution must also submit a quality enhancement plan.
About six months later the commission sends an on-site committee of professional peers to the campus for a three-day visit to assess the educational
strengths and weaknesses of the institution and review the quality enhancement plan.
The written report of the committee helps the institution improve its programs and refine its quality enhancement plan. The report also provides the basis
on which the commission decides to grant, continue, reaffirm or withdraw accreditation.