SACSCOC Frequently Asked Questions

What is SACSCOC?
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

What is the "Reaffirmation Report?"
The Reaffirmation Report is the documentation prepared by the institution that provides evidence that the institution is in compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

What are the SACSCOC requirements?
The SACSCOC requirements are called the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. They are a list of principles and standards that we need to meet in order to be in full compliance with SACSCOC and receive our reaffirmation of accreditation.

Who's involved in the process at USF?
Many people from all around the University will be actively involved in preparing the Reaffirmation Report. A Leadership Team will be appointed by the Provost. The Leadership Team will organize workgroups for each of the requirements and oversee the development of the report. If your area falls within one of the SACSCOC requirements being addressed, you may be asked to serve on one of these workgroups.

What does USF have to do for SACSCOC?
USF must prepare a report that shows that the University is in compliance with all sections of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

How does the submission process work?
The report will be submitted electronically. It will be reviewed by an off-site SACSCOC team. An additional review team will visit the campus to follow up on the off-site team report. The SACSCOC team will make a determination whether or not USF is in compliance with each requirement, and will report those findings to SACSCOC.

Are the requirements the same for all colleges and universities?
Every university under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation is required to meet the same principles and standards. In addition to this basic set of responses.

While the requirements are the same, the ways universities meet the requirements are unique to the resources and creativity of each school. You can find details on the process from the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

I still have questions. How do I ask questions about USF and SACSCOC?
For additional information you can contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning and Review. You can also find information on the SACSCOC website.



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