Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of FAU.
In December 2013, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed Florida Atlantic University’s accreditation for a period of 10 years.
In 2015, Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to a medical degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools, and is a joint committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.
In addition to regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), many of our colleges, and distinct programs within our colleges, are also accredited by discipline specific organizations. Currently twenty different outside accrediting organizations review and accredit our programs. In August of each year, a report on the status of each of our accredited programs is submitted to the Florida Board of Governors.
Accreditation is important to prospective students and employers – and frequently essential in degrees that lead to licensure. The accreditation process requires a written report frequently followed by a site visit by a team composed of representatives from the accrediting body, academics from other institutions, practitioners, and sometimes students.