The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctorate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida.
The above statement must be included on any internal or external university publication that references USF's accreditation status.
Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational
programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission's
USF Guidelines and Procedures for SACSCOC Reporting
Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. SACSCOC defines three types of procedures for Substantive Change based on the circumstances of the change. The types of substantive change and the procedures for addressing them appropriately may be found in the Commission's Policy on Substantive Change.
Pursuant to Florida Board of Governors Regulation, 8.009, Educational Sites, and the USF Policy on Educational Sites 10-235, all off-campus sites must be approved prior to operation and monitored for ongoing productivity. These regulations must be approved prior to operation and monitored for ongoing productivity. These regulations are relevant to substantive change for the following:
- An off-campus program reaching the 25-49% level of credit hour offerings for a degree must also report it as a "Procedure Two" Substantive Change prior to the point at which the 25% level is reached.
- An off-campus program reaching the 50% level of credit hour offerings for a degree
must also report it as a "Procedure One" Substantive Change prior to the point at
which the 50% level is reached.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (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. Below is information to assist departments in the process of credentialing teaching faculty.
- Procedures for Faculty Credentialing:
USF SACSCOC Reaffirmation Reports
- Quality Enhancement Plan - 2015
- SACSCOC Compliance Certification - 2014
- SACSCOC Focused Report - 2015
- Fifth Year Interim Report - 2011
Note: "The findings of the SACSCOC visiting committee represent a preliminary assessment of the institution at this time; final action on the report rests with the Commission on Colleges." A copy of the entire report can be requested from the institution.
- 2012 Principles of Accreditation
- 2012 Resource Manual
- 2011 Handbook for Reaffirmation
- Policy Review Form Template
- Distance Education and the Principles of Accreditation
- USF System Policy on Substantive Change
- SACSCOC Third-Party Comment by the Public
- SACSCOC Complaint Procedures
- SACSCOC Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees
- SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy
- SACSCOC Best Practices for Developing Policy and Procedure Documents
- SACSCOC Integrity and Accuracy in Institutional Representation
- Related Links
For additional information please read the SACSCOC Frequently Asked Questions