Edward Waters University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Edward Waters University may be directed in writing to the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Edward Waters University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees at the listed locations are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, International Finance & Global Trade, Organizational Management, and Healthcare Management.

The Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness (OIPRE) reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost and oversees institutional planning, assessment, and accreditation activities for the College.


The OIPRE is responsible for monitoring institutional compliance with SACSCOC requirements related to substantive change. A substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution in terms of academic programs, instructional sites, contractual or consortial agreements, etc.

Examples of substantive changes are:

  • Suspending admission to an academic program or off-campus instructional site
  • Establishing a new academic program
  • Establishing a new off-campus instructional site
  • Establishing a new dual degree program with another institution
  • Revising degree requirements for an academic program

SACSCOC requires one of three different procedures for processing a substantive change. The procedures vary in depth and length of time required for processing based on the specific nature of the substantive change initiated by the University. The first step is to determine the precise nature of the substantive change.

Contact the Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness at (904) 470-8197 early in the process for a preliminary determination. Although only SACSCOC can make an official determination of the category of a change, OIPRE will facilitate the process by assessing the change internally and coordinating all communication with SACSCOC.

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