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SACSCOC Document Directory

The University of South Carolina Columbia reaffirms its ongoing commitment to academic excellence and innovation through accreditation, compliance activities, reporting, and transparency.  This page provides access to annual and adhoc reports submitted to the commission by the university.  

 

The University of South Carolina Columbia submitted its most recent reaffirmation of accreditation to SACSCOC in September 2020; the on-site visit will take place in Spring of 2021.   Responses from SACSCOC will be added as they become available

Principle  Submission SACSCOC Response
1.1 Integrity Narrative  
2.1 Mission Narrative  
3.1a Degree-Granting Authority Narrative  
3.1b Coursework for Degrees Narrative  
3.1c Continuous Operation Narrative  
4.1a Governing Board: Legal Body with Authority Narrative  
4.1b Governing Board: Exercises Fiduciary Oversight Narrative  
4.1.c Governing Board: Free of Financial Interest Narrative  
4.1d Governing Board: Not Controlled by a Minority Narrative  
4.1e Governing Board: Not Presided Over by the Chief Executive Officer Narrative  
4.2a Mission Review Narrative  
4.2b Board/Administrative Distinction Narrative  
4.2c CEO Evaluation/Selection Narrative  
4.2d Conflict of Interest Narrative  
4.2e Board Dismissal Narrative  
4.2f External Influence Narrative  
4.2g Board Self-Evaluation Narrative  
4.3 Multi-level Governance Narrative  
5.1 Chief Executive Officer Narrative  
5.2a CEO Control Narrative  
5.2b Control of Intercollegiate Athletics Narrative  
5.2c Control of Fund-Raising Activities Narrative  
5.3a Institution-Related Entities: Legal Authority is Clearly Defined Narrative  
5.3b Institution-Related Entities: Formal, Written Description of Relationship Narrative  
5.3c Institution-Related Entities: Control of Fund-raising Activities Narrative  
5.4 Qualified Administrative/Academic Officers Narrative  
5.5 Personnel Appointment and Evaluation Narrative  
6.1 Full-time Faculty Narrative  
6.2a Faculty Qualifications Narrative  
6.2b Program Faculty Narrative  
6.2c Program Coordination Narrative  
6.3 Faculty Appointment and Evaluation Narrative  
6.4 Academic Freedom Narrative  
6.5 Faculty Development Narrative  
7.1 Institutional Planning Narrative  
7.2 Quality Enhancement Plan Narrative  
7.3 Administrative Effectiveness Narrative  
8.1 Student Achievement Narrative  
8.2a Student Outcomes: Educational Programs Narrative  
8.2b Student Outcomes: General Education Narrative  
8.2c Student Outcomes: Academic and Student Services Narrative  
9.1 Program Content Narrative  
9.2 Program Length Narrative  
9.3a General Education Requirements: Coherent Rationale Narrative  
9.3b General Education Requirements: Substantial Component Narrative  
9.3c General Education Requirements: Breadth of Knowledge Narrative  
9.4 Institutional Credits for an Undergraduate Degree Narrative  
9.5 Institutional Credits for a Graduate/Professional Degree Narrative  
9.6 Post-baccalaureate Rigor and Curriculum Narrative  
9.7 Program Requirements Narrative  
10.1 Academic Policies Narrative  
10.2 Public Information Narrative  
10.3 Archived Information Narrative  
10.4 Academic Governance Narrative  
10.5 Admissions Policies and Practices Narrative  
10.6a Distance and Correspondence Education: Student Identity Verification Narrative  
10.6b Distance and Correspondence Education:  Protecting Student Privacy Narrative  
10.6c Distance and Correspondence Education: Written Notification of Additional Charges Narrative  
10.7 Policies for Awarding Credit Narrative  
10.8 Evaluating and Awarding Academic Credit Narrative  
10.9 Cooperative Academic Arrangements Narrative  
11.1 Library and Learning/Information Resources Narrative  
11.2 Library and Learning/Information Staff Narrative   
11.3 Library and Learning/Information Access Narrative  
12.1 Student Support Services Narrative  
12.2 Student Support Services Staff Narrative  
12.3 Student Rights Narrative  
12.4 Student Complaints Narrative  
12.5 Student Records Narrative  
12.6 Student Debt Narrative  
13.1 Financial Resources Narrative  
13.2a Financial Documents: Institutional Audit Narrative   
13.2b Financial Documents: Position of Unrestricted Net Access Narrative  
13.2c Financial Documents: Annual Budget Narrative  
13.3 Financial Responsibility Narrative  
13.4 Control of Finances Narrative  
13.5 Control of Sponsored Research/External Funds Narrative  
13.6 Federal and State Responsibilities Narrative   
13.7 Physical Resources Narrative  
13.8 Institutional Environment Narrative  
14.1 Publication of Accreditation Status Narrative  
14.2 Substantive Change Narrative  
14.3 Comprehensive Institutional Reviews Narrative  
14.4 Representation to Other Agencies Narrative  
14.5 Policy Compliance Narrative  

 

The University of South Carolina Columbia submitted a monitoring report to SACSCOC on September 8, 2020;  the report was prepared with the guidance of and feedback from an advisory group.  A virtual on-site visit took place October 7 - 8, 2020, and the resulting report of the SACSCOC special committee was received by the university soon after.  Note that the findings of the visiting committee represent a preliminary assessment of the institution at this time; final action on the report rests with the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.

An archive of related correspondence can be found below; correspondence to and responses from SACSCOC will be added as they become available.

Document Timeline
Report of the Special Committee October 19, 2020
Monitoring Report Addendum October 5, 2020
Monitoring Report September 8, 2020
Action Letter/Request for Monitoring Report (SACSCOC Request #4) January 14,  2020
Response to Notification of Board Review (University Response #3/Special Report) November 1, 2019
Notification of Formal SACSCOC Board Review (SACSCOC Request #3) October 2, 2019
Response to Request for More Information (University Response #2) September 23, 2019
Request for More Information (SACSCOC Request #2) August 19, 2019
Initial Response (University Response #1) July 26, 2019
Initial Inquiry (SACSCOC Request #1) July 15, 2019

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) request for Financial Profile and Indicators is sent in June and requires institutions to submit financial data. The Financial Profile portion is based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Finance Survey, due to the U.S. Department of Education in the Spring semester. The Financial Indicators portion is based on audited financial statements, or the most reliable financial statements available.

Each Fall, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires institutions to submit an Institutional Profile for general information and enrollment data.

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.   Institutions are required to notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes.  Institutions are also required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion.  According to SACSCOC policy, when a member institution is planning a fairly significant change in the institution, a plan must be submitted - referred to as the Substantive Change Prospectus. 

Year Change Description  Change Type SACSCOC Response Keywords
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2020 Information Security (MS):  Notification of program closure Program (closure) Acknowledgement closure, program, 2020
2020 Software Engineering (MS):  Notification of program closure Program (closure) Acknowledgement closure, program, 2020
2020 Informatics (PhD): Approval for new program Program (new) Check back later for updates program, 2020, informatics
2019 Hamad Bin Khalifa University site:  Approval for a joint degree in Sport and Entertainment Management (MSEM) Off-campus site (new) Check back later for updates site, program, joint degree, 2019, HRSM

2019

Hamad Bin Khalifa University site:  Approval for a joint degree in Exercise Science (MS)

Off-campus site (new) Approval site, program, joint degree, 2019, ASPH

2020

Business Administration (Phd): Notification of joint degree with La Universidad Austral 

Notification Acknowledgement program, 2020, joint degree, PhD

2019

Fort Jackson Education Services Center site:  Approval for offering 50% or more of AA/AS degrees

Off-campus site (new) Approval site, 2019, AA, AS

2019

Health Systems Law (MSL):  Approval for new program

Program (new) Approval program, 2019, law , approval

2019

Healthcare Compliance (Graduate Certificate): Approval for new program

Program (new) Approval program, 2019, law, approval
2019 Lexington Two Innovation Center site:  Notification of offering 25-49% of AA/AS degrees Notification Acknowledgement  site, approval, 2019, AA, AS
2019 Elementary Education (MAT):  Approval for program change Program (change) Approval  program , approval, 2019, education
2019 Ridgeview High School site:  Approval for offering 50% or more of AA/AS degrees

Off-campus site (new)

Approval site, 2019, AA, AS
2018 Indian Land High School site:  Approval for offering 50% or more of AA/AS degrees Off-campus site (new) Approval site, approval, 2018, AA, AS
2018 Adapted Physical Education (MS):  Approval for new program Program (new) Approval  program, approval, 2018, education
2018 Parris Island and Beaufort sites:  Approval for offering 50% or more of PMBA degree Off-campus site (new) Approval site, approval, 2018, pmba, business
2017 Charleston, Charlotte, and Greenville sites:  Approval for offering 50% or more of PMBA degree

Off-campus site (new)

Response to SACSCOC Questions

Approval

Request for more information

site, approval, questions, 2017, pmba, business
2016 Joint PharmD with MUSC: Notification of Termination

Notification

Response to SACSCOC questions

Approval

Request for more information 

termination, program, 2016, 2017, PharmD, MUSC, joint
2014 USC Union - Laurens site:  Approval for offering 50% or more of AA/AS degrees

Off-campus site (new)

Response to SACSCOC Questions

Approval site, approval, questions, AA, AS

 

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