What is meant by “faculty credentialing?”

Per SACSCOC Standard 6.2.a (Faculty Qualifications), “For each of its educational programs, the institution justifies and documents the qualifications of its faculty members.”

For more detail about SACSCOC faculty credentialing, please see the SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Guidelines.

For additional information on UAB specific policies, please refer to the Faculty Handbook section 2.9.

How long do I have to keep my classroom records?

The retention of all records is covered by UAB’s Records Retention Policy, a specific schedule for various materials.

What can we publish and put on our websites about SACSCOC accreditation?

As per SACSOC’s Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure policy statement, we must use the following specific statement:

“The University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate and professional degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The University of Alabama at Birmingham may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).”

Additional important notes from this policy include:

  • “Accreditation granted by an institutional accrediting body has reference to the quality of the institution as a whole. Because institutional accreditation does not imply specific accreditation of any particular program in the institution, statements like “this program is accredited,” or “this degree is accredited,” are incorrect and misleading.”
  • “The phrase “fully accredited” is not used, since partial accreditation is not possible.”
  • “The SACSCOC ‘flame’ Logo is trademarked, and its use is exclusively for SACSCOC, Inc.”