Accreditation at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The accreditation comes after an intensive review process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Special to USF News


SARASOTA, Fla. (June 27, 2011) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), joining USF and USF St. Petersburg as separately accredited institutions of the USF system.


SACS is the private, non-governmental organization that accredits educational institutions in the southern states of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is recognized by the United States Department of Education.


“We are certainly proud that USF Sarasota-Manatee has been granted accreditation and I congratulate Regional Chancellor Guilford and his team on this significant achievement,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “This accreditation is evidence of the quality of the USF System and allows USF Sarasota-Manatee to further develop its distinctive mission and expand its contributions to the regional impact of the USF System.”


“We are extremely proud that we are now separately accredited and excited about the possibilities ahead,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “This now means that we will be able to design new programs, grant our own degrees, make faculty decisions, award diplomas, and have all advising, admissions and financial decisions here instead of in Tampa. It is a lengthy, but necessary and worthwhile process and I am so proud of our faculty, students, staff, community and President Genshaft for their incredible support.”


Institutions seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-review process in which they assess how well they are meeting their educational missions, goals, and expected outcomes, and making improvements as needed. The institution is then visited and evaluated by a committee of experts from across the country. USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to upholding the highest standards of teaching, research, and service, and earning separate accreditation shows the strength of their students, faculty, and staff.


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. In a few years USFSM hopes to begin recruiting a freshmen class. Today, the campus serves more than 4,500 students annually at its two locations – the main campus on the border of Manatee and Sarasota counties and in North Port.