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 received USF's Substantive Change Prospectus outlining USF’s consolidation plans.

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 began operating as a single, consolidated institution with three campuses: the main campus in Tampa and branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee.

December 14, 2020
SACSCOC received USF’s comprehensive self-study report documenting the  consolidated USF's compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation

January 26-28, 2021
The SACSCOC Substantive Change Committee conducted virtual 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 summarizing 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.

June 17, 2021
The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the Report of the Substantive Change Committee and approved the continued accreditation of the consolidated University of South Florida.

September 28-29, 2021

The Chair of the Substantive Change Committee (Ann Kenimer) and the SACSCOC Vice President who managed USF’s accreditation (Denise Young) conducted on-site follow-up site visits, as required by the U.S. Education Department, on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, the St. Petersburg campus, and the Tampa campus and confirmed the findings of the virtual site visit conducted in January.