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Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award the associate degree.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is one of six private, nonprofit, regional accrediting associations recognized by the Department of Education. It was founded in 1895 for the purpose of improving education in colleges and schools. SACS is comprised of three commissions, one of which is the Commission on Colleges (COC). The COC accredits institutions of higher education in eleven southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and Latin America that award associate, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degrees.
To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).