Accreditation

Overview

USF Accreditation

The University of South Florida is reaffirmed every ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for accrediting institutions of higher education in the southern United States. The reaffirmation process requires USF to demonstrate compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

SACSCOC Accreditation

SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

Educational Sites

The establishment of an off-campus educational site is governed by BOG and USF policy. In addition, the process must be reviewed in reference to the SACSCOC policy on Substantive Change.

Faculty Credentialing

SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 requires that all member institutions positively demonstrate that they employ competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution.

Substantive Change

Accredited institutions are required to notify SACSCOC of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes.