Hinds Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate of Arts degree,the Associate of Applied Science degree and Technical and Career certificates.

HCC Accreditation Status

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hinds Community College. Inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Hinds Community College and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

To ensure its compliance with the SACSCOC Substantive Change requirements, Hinds Community College has developed and implemented the following Substantive Change Policy:

The Committee on Substantive Change will meet three times a year in January, May, and October as well as on an as needed-basis to review the SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy and to review items submitted to the committee for the purpose of determining whether the proposed action meets the criteria for Substantive Change as described by SACSCOC.

All members of the Substantive Change Committee, except for the College President, will also be a part of either the Instructional Affairs Council or District Student Services Committee (both of which meet monthly). Any changes to the College that would be deemed substantive changes must be presented to one of the two aforementioned committees, approved, and sent to the President for final approval. Items sent from either group to the President for final approval will include a statement regarding whether the change being requested meets the criteria for a substantive change or not.

In order to ensure the College will be proactive on reporting changes in a timely manner, the Instructional Affairs and District Student Services Committees will have an agenda item at their October and April meetings regarding Substantive Change. The SACSCOC Liaison will refresh the groups concerning Substantive Change policies and solicit additional substantive changes that need to be reported for implementation the following fall (presented at October meeting) or spring semester (presented at April meeting). This policy reaffirms that the College will follow the guidelines required by the Southern Association Commission on Colleges.

All of the minutes and approvals from the Instructional Affairs Committee and District Student Services Committee are sent to the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to file for SACSCOC documentation. The Director of Institutional Research will review all approvals to make sure substantive changes were not overlooked. For those items which are determined to be substantive, the SACSCOC Liaison will include them on the Substantive Change Committee agenda and the committee will determine which procedure is appropriate for reporting to the Commission.

At the Committee’s onset, the committee will review the institution’s current offerings and procedures to establish that the college is in compliance with the Substantive Change Policy of the Commission on Colleges.

The College President or SACSCOC Liaison is responsible for notifying the Commission of any substantive changes. If further action is required by the Commission (such as a prospectus or additional documentation), the SACSCOC Liaison, with help from the Committee on Substantive Change, will prepare the documentation.

This chart details the areas of Substantive Change for which each person will be able to contribute.