Edward Waters College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097a or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Edward Waters College.

Edward Waters College has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Bachelor of Business Administration.

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.