Cumberland University


Cumberland University receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation from SACS



At its Annual Meeting on Dec. 7, the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced the reaffirmation of accreditation of Cumberland University.

Accreditation for an institution of higher learning indicates a mission appropriate to higher education and a sufficient infrastructure of academic, operational, financial, governance systems, and policies.

“The Cumberland University family is extremely pleased with the result of the SACS review.” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, President of Cumberland University. “As we celebrate we remain steadfast in our commitment to our students and to continuously improving our unique educational experience. And on a more personal note this result makes me proud of our Faculty and Staff.”

The reaffirmation process occurs every 10 years and involves an in-depth internal evaluation and report of all of the institutions’ programs and operations. Reaffirmation is not only important to the university with regard to its ability to offer federal financial aid, but it is also an indicator that university programs meet or exceed national standards.

On behalf of the Board of Trust, Dr. Edward Thackston, Chairman of the Board, praised the campus community for a successful accreditation review.

“This is testimony to the tremendous amount of effort that many have spent preparing for this review over the last few years.” said Thackston. “There have been significant improvements in Cumberland's financial, academic, and personnel (faculty, staff, and student) strength and quality and I congratulate everyone involved.”

Cumberland University is chartered by the State of Tennessee and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ( to award baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. The accreditation process is a voluntary and self-regulatory mechanism of the higher education community that measures an institution’s commitment to quality enhancement.