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University of South Florida ’s accreditation is reaffirmed every ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  

To be accredited and reaffirmed, the University must demonstrate compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation and prepare three distinct sets of documents that are as follows:

  1. A Compliance Certification Report (CCR) documenting USF’s compliance with the Principles of Accreditation;
  2. A brief overview/executive summary of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), and
  3. An Institutional Summary Form (ISF) and Substantive Change history.  

Reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges involves extensive evaluation of compliance by off-site peer review, an onsite review, and review by the Commission’s Board of Trustees.

For further information, please visit USF’s institutional accreditation website.


September 2022 Establish USF Accreditation Steering Committee
September 2022 Establish USF Accreditation Core and Functional Teams
September 2023 Finalize Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Topic
December 2023 Orientation Session for Steering Committee Members
January 2024 – June 2024 Internal/External Review of CCR
January 2024 – March 2024 Compile Compliance Certification Report (CCR)
September 6, 2024 Submit CCR, QEP, and ISF to SACSCOC
July 2024 - August 2024 Compile Institutional Summary Form
Fall 2024 Plan On-Site Visit/SACSCOC Off-Site Committee Reviews
November 5-8, 2024 SACSCOC Off-Site Committee Reviews
January 7, 2025 Submit QEP and Focused Report (if requested) to SACSCOC
February 18-20, 2025 SACSCOC On-Site Visit & QEP Defense
December 2025 Reaffirmation by SACSCOC


For all questions related to USF’s 2025 Reaffirmation, please contact accreditation@usf.edu.

USF Accreditation Steering Committee 

USF’s Accreditation Steering Committee is responsible for producing the documents required for reaccreditation by SACSCOC. 

  • Dr. Theresa Chisolm,  Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Performance and Accountability (Chair) 
  • Richard Sobieray, Senior Vice President, Financial Strategy and Administrative Services and CFO 
  • Dr. Cynthia DeLuca, VP, Student Success
  • Paige Beles Geers, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
  • Jodi Adamchak, Office of General Counsel Representative
  • Dr. Allison Crume, Dean, UG Studies
  • Dean Todd Chavez, Dean, USF Libraries
  • Chancellor Christian Hardigree, USF St. Petersburg campus  
  • Dr. Brett Kemker, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus
  • Dr. Javier Cuevas, USF Health
  • Dr. Scott Besley, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Carole Post, VP, Facilities & Public Safety Operations
  • Dr. Robert Bishop, Dean, College of Engineering University, Council of Deans
  • Dr. Christopher Combie, Accreditation Liaison (Ex officio)
  • Cynthia Brown Hernandez, Deputy Accreditation Liaison (Ex officio)
  • Mary Kuka-Marchese, USF 2025 Reaffirmation Project Manager (Ex officio)

USF Accreditation Functional Team

  • Dr. Theresa Chisolm, Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Performance and Accountability
  • Dr. Christopher Combie, Accreditation Liaison
  • Cynthia Brown Hernandez, Deputy Accreditation Liaison
  • Mary Kuka-Marchese, USF 2025 Reaffirmation Project Manager
  • Brandis Baines-Waiz, Academic Compliance Analyst
  • Joseph Boyd, Assistant Director, Program Review & Faculty Affairs
  • Rebecca Gibbons, Assistant Director, Accreditation/Regulatory Compliance & Assessment
  • Logan Feinberg, Assessment & Compliance Analyst

Learn more about USF’s institutional accreditation.

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