Accreditation Support: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Mapping the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Satisfaction-Priorities Surveys to the SACSCOC Principles

Many institutions rely upon the Ruffalo Noel Levitz suite of satisfaction and priorities survey results to demonstrate the fulfillment of institutional accreditation requirements. In the 11-state region served by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, SACSCOC-accredited colleges and universities are responsible for showing fulfillment of the Principles of Accreditation that became effective January 1, 2012. In addition to evaluating the Principle of Integrity, SACSCOC expects institutions to fulfill its Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements. Ruffalo Noel Levitz student surveys can help!

The PDF documents available via the links below show the Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey items mapped to the SACSCOC requirements, tailored specifically to each survey version. Please note:

  • SACSCOC requirements are stated as revised by the SACS trustees as of December 2011 and as published in the 5th edition, effective January 1, 2012. Every requirement stated begins with its numbered identification (e.g. “” and “” etc). These requirements are copyrighted (2012) by SACSCOC.
  • The documents reflect the survey item and the text of the item as it appears on the survey instrument. Survey items are clustered based on the requirements they support.
  • In order to simplify print formatting in the PDF available for download, the text of some SACSCOC requirements has been lightly edited and/or truncated, especially if the original text is more than 20 words. Key words and phrases from the original have been preserved; please see the original text from SACSCOC to understand any requirement in its entirety.
  • Not all SACSCOC requirements refer to processes that students can experience, so not all SACSCOC requirements have been listed with a survey item affiliated. Also, only the Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey items which students rate for “Importance” and/or “Satisfaction” appear in these mappings.
  • Most relationships in these mappings should be self-evident. Mapped relationships between a survey item and SACSCOC requirements may be either direct or indirect. For example, not only do students experience instructional and support services directly, but also, the institutional training programs for faculty and staff indirectly affect the quality of the services that students experience. The mappings are meant to be illustrative, not comprehensive and definitive.
  • The final section of the document lists survey items which may be related to SACSCOC requirements at the discretion of the survey user (especially, the campus-created survey items).
  • SACSCOC indicates that Principle 1.1 (Integrity) is not addressed by the institution in its compliance certifications, so it is not mapped in the documents linked here.
  • Questions about these documents or the survey instruments? Please contact Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey items mapped to the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation

Download the appropriate document(s) based on the survey version(s) you are using on your campus:

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