Commission Reaffirms Full Accreditation for Hardin-Simmons University

Accreditation Allows Federal Financial Aid for Students, Lasts for 10 Years


The Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the full accreditation of Hardin-Simmons University during its annual meeting in Dallas, Dec. 2-5, 2017.

A university must be accredited in order for its students to access federal financial aid. Institutional accreditation is important for a number of additional reasons, including the ability to have students’ earned course credits recognized by other accredited institutions and graduates’ eligibility for admission to graduate degree and professional programs. Hardin-Simmons University has been accredited by SACSCOC since 1927.

“I am deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication of HSU’s faculty and staff during our institutional accreditation process,” said HSU President Eric Bruntmyer. “I am especially thankful for the significant leadership given by Dr. Thomas Brisco and Dr. Travis Frampton.”

Accreditation through SACSCOC recognizes, at the highest level, HSU’s commitment to academic quality, financial integrity, and capacity to meet rigorous external standards recognized as best-practices in higher education. The comprehensive review process for reaffirmation of accreditation takes place every 10 years and culminates with a peer-led, on-campus visit.

SACSCOC is recognized by the Department of Education as the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.


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