SACSCOC Accreditation

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 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 following documents: 

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

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. 

SACSCOC Information/Resources

 For additional information please read the SACSCOC Frequently Asked Questions