UNCW Receives Reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The evaluation team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has reaffirmed the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s reaccreditation, the University announced today.

After two years of self-study and assessment by the university, the SACS team visited the campus in March for review. They notified university officials earlier this week to confirm the school’s accreditation, which will remain in effect until the next review in 2023. UNCW's review from SACS requires no additional reporting requirements, an accomplishment that only an average of 35 percent of universities achieve.

“There is no doubt UNCW is a great university with an innovative spirit and a deep commitment to its students and the community,” said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Having that echoed by this reaffirmation from SACS is a strong testament to your hard work and passion for this place we call home.”

SACS requires reaccreditation to ensure that high-education institutions are offering the highest quality programs. The university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, ETEAL: Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning, was submitted several weeks in advance of the March visit. ETEAL’s goal is to improve the student experience through applied learning, while also providing faculty and staff with information and resources about high-impact practices in applied learning. 

The reaccreditation process was led by Provost Denise Battles, Stephen McFarland and Martin Posey; many other faculty and staff contributed to the effort.

UNCW is North Carolina’s coastal university and is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, UNCW is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability.