Accreditation & Quality Assurance Funding

University Accreditation

Tennessee Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Tennessee Tech University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Tennessee Tech University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( 

Learn more Tennessee Tech SACSCOC
Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement
General Information on the Fifth Year Interim Report

Program Accreditation

In addition to the institutional accreditation, many of Tennessee Tech’s programs are accredited by specialized professional accrediting agencies. These nationally recognized programmatic accrediting agencies include:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
  • ABET - formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Communication Association (ACA)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) - formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Summary of University and Program Accreditation 

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC)

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"The Tennessee Higher Education Commission's Quality Assurance Funding (formerly named Performance Funding) program has been in operation for over thirty years. It is nationally recognized as a successful statewide supplemental funding incentive to encourage continuous improvement of programs and services. All public universities and community colleges have been able to earn additional funds (up to 5.45 percent of the institution’s state funding) on the basis of quality improvement as measured by a common set of indicators." 

THEC Quality Assurance Funding 2020-25 Guidebook (PDF)
Visit the THEC website for more Quality Assurance Funding information.

Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)

The Quality Enhancement Plan is a five-year university initiative to improve the quality of student learning. The plan is designed to improve students' critical thinking/real-world problem solving using active learning strategies. The QEP is part of the Tennessee Tech Strategic Plan and a component of the SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process.  Visit the Tennessee Tech QEP website for more information. 

Program Review

Please see the documents below for Program Review Guidelines, Criteria, and Reviewer Report forms.

Guidelines for Preparing the Self-Study Report

Criteria for the Selection of Reviewers

Information for Program Reviewers

Master Schedule of Program Reviews

Typical Program On-Site Visit Schedule

Program Review Rubric: Graduate 

Program Review Rubric: Undergraduate