The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredits higher education institutions in an 11-state region that is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. SACS is also the accrediting body for colleges and universities outside of the United States.
Institutions accredited by SACS are categorized into six levels, depending on the degrees that they grant. These levels range from Level 1 for those that award associate degrees to Level 6 for those awarding four or more different doctoral degrees.
Colleges and universities accredited by SACS also range widely in size, from small private schools to large state universities. Based on student enrollment, some of the largest institutions within the Southern region accredited by SACS include the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the University of Florida in Gainesville. In Latin America, accredited institutions include Fundacion Universidad de las Americas Puebla and Universidad de Monterrey, both in Mexico. The American University in Dubai is also accredited by SACS and the organization also accepts applications for accreditation from other international institutions.
The organization's detailed website provides a list of all institutions that are currently accredited, whether there are any sanctions against the school and other information, such as the college's or university's website, when it was originally accredited and when it is due for reaffirmation.