Current Timeline


September 27, 2019
SACSCOC approved use of Water Street campus as an instructional site for the College of Medicine.

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

March 15, 2020
SACSCOC Cover Sheet, Institutional Summary Form, and Substantive Change Prospectus outlining consolidation plans are due.

June 11, 2020
SACSCOC Board of Trustees approves consolidation plan described in substantive change documents and requests additional documentation for the Substantive Change Committee (aka, the site visit team).

 July 1, 2020
USF, USFSP, and USFSM begin 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.

August/September, 2020
Documentation for the Substantive Change Committee addressing the USF consolidation and two different sets of Documentation for the Substantive Change Committee, one focused on the new South Tampa instructional site for the Morsani College of Medicine and the other focused on the new Treviso, Italy instructional site for the Muma College of Business, will be due to the Committee six weeks before the fall or winter site visit. These consolidation documents are where USF directly addresses USF’s compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.  These documents contain subsets of what is required in the Compliance Certification Document that is used during the decennial process of seeking reaffirmation of accreditation. The Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation will be helpful when preparing the Documentation for the Substantive Change Committee.

Fall, 2020
SACSCOC Substantive Change Committee conducts site visits to all four USF campuses (and perhaps other instructional sites) using this form as a template for its report to SACSCOC 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
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.