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SACSCOC Accreditation “Thank You”

University of South Florida's Tampa campus receives top scores from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.



TAMPA, Fla. (May 1, 2015) - University of South Florida continues to be accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC, since completing the decennial reaffirmation process on April 9th 2015.

The preliminary assessment of the accreditation team’s findings reports that they could not find a single recommendation for improvement in their extensive review with the nine member accreditation team noting that this is a very rare occurrence, especially for an institution as large and complex as the University of South Florida.

Regional accreditation is important to USF not only for credibility as an institution of higher learning, but also because it allows us to offer federal financial aid to students and affords USF the opportunity to apply for federally supported research grants.

Once each decade the SACSCOC committee visits USF applying approximately 98 standards of accreditation, which examine every facet of our operation from the physical facilities to our budget, from the quality and adequacy of our faculty and administration to the alignment of our academic programs with our mission and purpose.

The thorough examination is centered on about 96 of these standards – looking at what we’ve done over the past decade; the other two look forward to the future in the form of a Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP – USF’s Global Citizens Project.

Our QEP, The Global Citizens Project, focuses on preparing our students as well-educated and highly skilled global citizens - Goal #1 of USF’s Strategic Plan. What’s exciting about the Global Citizens Project is that it offers opportunities for everyone on campus - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - to participate in one way or another.


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