Accreditation is an evaluation process that institutions of higher education undergo in order to maintain standards of educational quality. Accredited institutions must commit to rigorous internal and external reviews, to ensure that accreditation standards are continually being met. Such standards look to university resources, programs, and services in order to determine that they are sufficient to accomplish and sustain the purpose of the university. Accreditation also determines university eligibility for Title IV funds under the Higher Education Act (federal student financial aid) and may also be tied to grant funding for research. Tulane University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. In addition, Tulane University has many programs that are accredited by programmatic accrediting organizations.
Other higher education compliance matters include state authorization, adherence to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and university academic policy initiatives.