Accreditation is important for the university to be able to receive and distribute state and federal funds. Also, accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credits. The Executive Director of the Office of Assessment and Accreditation serves as the accreditation liaison for the University and is responsible for assuring that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into planning and evaluation processes of the institution.
Regional accrediting bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) conduct comprehensive reviews of institutions of higher education. This review insures that "the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives” (Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement). The accreditation granted encompasses the entire institution including all degree programs, instructional sites, and online programs.