MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University has received reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
SACS is the accrediting agency for colleges and universities in 11 southeastern states.
The process involves an intense self-study and a peer review process.
Reaccreditation is required every 10 years.
SACS's Commission on Colleges made the final decision at its December meeting and the reaccreditation is valid through 2022.
CCU also received SACS' highest level of reaffirmation, with no recommendations for improvement.
CCU President David A. DeCenzo said, "This is a significant acknowledgement of the quality Coastal Carolina University has achieved on many levels. It is a tribute to the hard work and outstanding accomplishments of our entire campus community."
As part of the peer review process, faculty and administration from SACS member institutions visited the CCU campus in Spring 2012 to evaluate the university.
The areas examined for standards compliance included finances, governance, academic programs, faculty qualifications, facilities, student support services, learning resources and student life.