UAH earns ‘clean’ reaccreditation


The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) received a reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), UAH officials announced today.

"This reaffirmation of our reaccreditation was achieved through the robust and collective efforts of faculty, staff, and students, said UAH President Robert Altenkirch. "Integral to this process is an ongoing, self-evaluation and peer review, and the diligent effort on this accomplishment signifies that UAH has successfully demonstrated compliance with the procedures, standards, and guidelines of the association.

Accreditation, in practical terms, is a stamp of approval that an institution has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers. It also indicates that threshold standards are adhered to and provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity. The outcome of this report means that the institution does not have any ongoing monitoring or reporting, and the next scheduled full reaffirmation of reaccreditation review will take place in 2026.

It further signifies 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 it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of those objectives and demonstrating improvements.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

The Commission of College’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a doctoral-granting institution with approximately 8,500 students. The campus is among U.S. News & World Report’s Tier 1 national universities, which places it among the top 4 percent of the 2,500 four-year universities in the nation. Also, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks UAH as a "high research activity institution. UAH is the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the United States. More information about UAH can be found at

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Ray Garner