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SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report (FYIR)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is one of only a few accrediting commissions that conducts a comprehensive review of its institutions every ten years.  Most accrediting agencies conduct such reviews every 5 to 7 years.  The U.S. Department of Education requires accrediting agencies that it recognizes to monitor its institutions more often to ensure that institutions having access to federal funds continue to meet accreditation standards.  To that end, the Commission has developed a Fifth-Year Interim Report.  

 Submitted five years prior to an institution’s reaffirmation review, a FifthYear Interim Report includes:

  1. a modified Compliance Certification that addresses only those federal expectations that are integrated in the various requirements and standards of the Principles of Accreditation;
  2. an Impact Report on the QEP;
  3. an Institutional Summary Form Prepared for Commission Reviews; where applicable,
  4. a report on off-campus sites initiated since the institution’s last reaffirmation but not reviewed; and
  5. a report on issues identified for verification of continued compliance during the last reaffirmation review.

(See “Fifth-Year Interim Review” in the Institutional Resources section at