Federal Mandates

In addition to the Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards outlined above that have incorporated some of the requirements mandated by the 1998 Higher Education Amendments and its attending regulations, institutions also are responsible for complying with the following requirements that are more specifically stated in federal laws. Compliance will be considered when the institution is reviewed for initial membership and for continued accreditation.

SACS Requirements

MCC Responsibility Center


When evaluating success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution's mission, the institution includes, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.

Dr. Cleary

FM - 1


The institution maintains a curriculum that is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates or degrees awarded.

Dr. Rosen

FM - 2


The institution makes available to students and the public current academic calendars, grading policies, and refund policies.

Dr. Bowman

FM - 3


The institution demonstrates that program length is appropriate for each of the degrees offered.

Dr. Rosen

FM - 4


5. The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints. (See Commission policy “The Review of Complaints Involving the Commission or its Accredited Institutions.”)

Dr. Bowman

FM - 5


Recruitment materials and presentations accurately represent the institution's practices and policies.

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Cleary
Dr. Rosen

FM - 6


The institution publishes the name of its primary accreditor and its address and phone number. (The publication of this information is presented so that it is clear that inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution, and not to general admission information).

Dr. Bowman
Dr. Cleary
Dr. Rosen

FM - 7


8. The institution is in compliance with its program responsibilities under Title IV of the 1998 Higher Education Amendments. (In reviewing the institution's compliance with these program responsibilities, the Commission relies on documentation forwarded to it by the Secretary of Education.) (Applies only to those institutions receiving Title IV funding.)

Dr. Bowman

FM - 8

  Last Updated 9/21/04