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Community College of the Air Force Accreditation

The Community College of the Air Force is a federally-chartered degree-granting institution that serves the United States Air Force's enlisted total force.
Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force is a federally-chartered degree-granting institution that serves the United States Air Force's enlisted total force.
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Air University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033–4097: Telephone number 404-679-4500) to award associate, master’s, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Air University achieved regional accreditation in 2004. Now a part of Air University’s regional accreditation, both the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) were separately accredited by SACSCOC earlier - CCAF in 1980 and SAASS in 1998.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In the United States, accreditation is carried out by private, nonprofit organizations designed for this specific purpose.  Institutions and educational programs seek accredited status as a means of demonstrating their academic quality to students and the public and to become eligible for federal funds.  Below are links to additional information on accreditation provided by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:

A key question to ask yourself:  will the baccalaureate program I am considering be acceptable to the potential graduate school(s) where I might eventually apply? 

Another question to ponder:  if for some reason I do not complete the baccalaureate program, will the course I ’ve completed transfer to another college or university (such as one of my home state’s public universities)?

Profile of accreditation:


How do accrediting organizations operate to assure quality?


List of recognized accrediting organizations:


Source of all accreditation information is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:


Finally, here are some websites which offer good, common sense advice which you should consider before making your choice of AU ABC school and program:



Air Force Virtual Education Center

AF Virtual Education Center (AFVEC)

AFVEC offers a wide array of on-line services to empower you to actively participate in all aspects of your education to include the creation and management of online Tuition Assistance (TA).

AF Credentialling Opportunities On-Line (AF Cool)

AF COOL provides a one-stop for airmen and space professionals to explore credentials recognized by the civilian community that can enhance their current performance in their Air and Space Force job.

AU Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative 

Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) directs airmen and space progessionals with associate in applied science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to a collection of accredited “military friendly” colleges and universities.

General Education Mobile (GEM)

GEM is a partnership between CCAF & partnering regionally accredited civilian schools to provide general education courses that meet CCAF requirements in an online format: anytime, anywhere availability.

DoD SkillBridge

The DoD SkillBridge initiative promotes the civilian job training authority available for transitioning military Service members. Service members meeting certain qualifications can participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships.