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SACSCOC Accreditation

The University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, education specialist and doctorate levels, including the Doctor of Medicine.

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 Commission requests that it be contacted only if there is sufficient evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

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 Office.

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.

Educational Sites 

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:

Faculty Credentialing

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.

USF SACSCOC Reaffirmation Reports

SACSCOC Information/Resources

 For additional information please read the SACSCOC Frequently Asked Questions