Current Timeline


September 27, 2019
SACSCOC approved use of USF Health in South Tampa building at 560 Channelside Drive  as an instructional site for the Morsani College of Medicine.

October 3, 2019
SACSCOC acknowledged receipt of letter to President Belle Wheelan by the President and the Regional Chancellors indicating their interest in merging/consolidating. 

March 13, 2020
SACSCOC Cover Sheet, Institutional Summary Form, and Substantive Change Prospectus outlining consolidation plans are due.  USF's consolidation prospectus and supporting documentation were received by SACSCOC.  These documents are available at https://usfweb.taa.usf.edu/prospectus/SACSCOC/index.html.

June 12, 2020
SACSCOC's Board of Trustees approved the consolidation plan described in the substantive change prospectus and authorized a Substantive Change Committee visit. 

July 1, 2020
The University of South Florida begins operating as a single, consolidated institution with four campuses: the main campus in Tampa, branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, and the instructional site for the Morsani College of Medicine at 560 Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa.

Fall, 2020
A comprehensive self-study report documenting compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation by the consolidated USF is due to SACSCOC. The Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation will be helpful when preparing this comprehensive self-study report.

January 25-28, 2021
The SACSCOC Substantive Change Committee conducts site visits to the main campus in Tampa and the branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee using  this form as a template for its report to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and this rubric to analyze whether the single, consolidated USF is in compliance with SACSCOC requirements. This is the part of the consolidation process that most closely resembles a reaffirmation of accreditation.

Spring, 2021
USF’s response to the Substantive Change Committee report is due five months after the site visit.

June or December, 2021
The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviews the Report of the Substantive Change Committee and USF’s response to that Report and determines whether to (1) continue the new, consolidated USF accreditation, with or without a Monitoring Report, or (2) impose sanctions for failure to maintain compliance with the Principles of Accreditation, or (3) recommend that the branch campuses seek separate accreditation if SACSCOC determines that the branch campuses are autonomous to the extent that the control over the branch campus by the main campus or its board are significantly impaired.