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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 Response
2.1 Mission Narrative Response
3.1a Degree-Granting Authority Narrative Response
3.1b Coursework for Degrees Narrative Response
3.1c Continuous Operation Narrative Response
4.1a Governing Board: Legal Body with Authority Narrative Response
4.1b Governing Board: Exercises Fiduciary Oversight Narrative Response
4.1.c Governing Board: Free of Financial Interest Narrative Response
4.1d Governing Board: Not Controlled by a Minority Narrative Response
4.1e Governing Board: Not Presided Over by the Chief Executive Officer Narrative Response
4.2a Mission Review Narrative Response
4.2b Board/Administrative Distinction Narrative Response
4.2c CEO Evaluation/Selection Narrative Response
4.2d Conflict of Interest Narrative Response
4.2e Board Dismissal Narrative Response
4.2f External Influence Narrative Response
4.2g Board Self-Evaluation Narrative Response
4.3 Multi-level Governance Narrative Response
5.1 Chief Executive Officer Narrative Response
5.2a CEO Control Narrative Response
5.2b Control of Intercollegiate Athletics Narrative Response
5.2c Control of Fund-Raising Activities Narrative Response
5.3a Institution-Related Entities: Legal Authority is Clearly Defined Narrative Response
5.3b Institution-Related Entities: Formal, Written Description of Relationship Narrative Response
5.3c Institution-Related Entities: Control of Fund-raising Activities Narrative Response
5.4 Qualified Administrative/Academic Officers Narrative Response
5.5 Personnel Appointment and Evaluation Narrative Response
6.1 Full-time Faculty Narrative Response
6.2a Faculty Qualifications Narrative Response
6.2b Program Faculty Narrative Response
6.2c Program Coordination Narrative Response
6.3 Faculty Appointment and Evaluation Narrative Response
6.4 Academic Freedom Narrative Response
6.5 Faculty Development Narrative Response
7.1 Institutional Planning Narrative Response
7.2 Quality Enhancement Plan Narrative Response
7.3 Administrative Effectiveness Narrative Response
8.1 Student Achievement Narrative Response
8.2a Student Outcomes: Educational Programs Narrative Response
8.2b Student Outcomes: General Education Narrative Response
8.2c Student Outcomes: Academic and Student Services Narrative Response
9.1 Program Content Narrative Response
9.2 Program Length Narrative Response
9.3a General Education Requirements: Coherent Rationale Narrative Response
9.3b General Education Requirements: Substantial Component Narrative Response
9.3c General Education Requirements: Breadth of Knowledge Narrative Response
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 Response
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 Response
12.4 Student Complaints Narrative  
12.5 Student Records Narrative Response
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 Response
13.6 Federal and State Responsibilities Narrative   
13.7 Physical Resources Narrative Response
13.8 Institutional Environment Narrative Response
14.1 Publication of Accreditation Status Narrative Response
14.2 Substantive Change Narrative  
14.3 Comprehensive Institutional Reviews Narrative  
14.4 Representation to Other Agencies Narrative Response
14.5 Policy Compliance Narrative Response

 

Anticipating that stakeholders and the public may need an interpretation of the January 5, 2021 letter from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) President Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., in order to understand the letter’s effect on the accreditation status of the University of South Carolina (USC) Columbia, the University sought and received approval from SACSCOC President Wheelan to provide the following clarification, in the following exact language: 

The January 5, 2021 letter from SACSCOC President Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D. mentions a Special Report, which was provided by USC Columbia to SACSCOC on November 1, 2019, in response to questions about the University’s CEO evaluation/appointment processes, along with institutional procedures for preventing undue external influence on the judgement of USC’s Board of Trustees (BOT). President Wheelan’s letter refers also to a Monitoring Report, which USC Columbia submitted to SACSCOC on September 8, 2020, with additional detail regarding the University’s CEO evaluation/appointment processes and institutional procedures for preventing undue external influence. President Wheelan’s letter refers lastly to a Special Committee, which included two university presidents and a former member of the governing board of a university system. That Special Committee interviewed USC Trustees and administrators on behalf of SACSCOC on October 7, 2020. The Special Committee then issued its Special Committee Report on October 19, 2020. That Special Committee Report concluded, “The Special Committee acknowledges the extensive work that has been put into developing, revising and updating policies and procedures to address the issues that led to this visit. The institution [USC Columbia], BOT, and the President are all to be commended for their serious attention to this work and for their willingness to engage and listen to external experts and consultants who have shared and encouraged best practices.” Ultimately, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees accepted this assessment of the Special Committee on December 4, 2020.  The final determination from SACSCOC (“No additional report was requested”) formalizes the decision from SACSCOC that no additional Monitoring Reports will be required of USC Columbia regarding the issues of CEO evaluation/appointment and external influence. That is: USC Columbia’s accreditation is in good standing. SACSCOC has released USC Columbia from monitoring status; SACSCOC has found that USC Columbia is in compliance with SACSCOC Standard 4.2.c (CEO evaluation/selection) and Standard 4.2.f (External influence). Informally, stakeholders and the public may interpret this notice from SACSCOC to mean that SACSCOC has given USC Columbia a “clean bill of health” regarding Standard 4.2.c and Standard 4.2.f. 

This is excellent news for the USC Columbia community. The Board of Trustees and President Caslen thank the administrators, executives, and faculty who advised the University as it prepared its Monitoring Report for SACSCOC. In addition, the Board and President Caslen thank SACSCOC President Wheelan, SACSCOC Vice President Linda Thomas-Glover, and the members of the SACSCOC Special Committee for their advice and support. USC Columbia believes firmly in the concept of regional accreditation of institutional excellence, along with the evaluation by peer administrators and faculty that is at the heart of accreditation of U.S. colleges and universities. 

An archive of related correspondence can be found below:

Document Timeline
Formal Notification of SACSCOC Board Review and Action (Removal from Monitoring) January 5, 2021
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 Art Education (IMA): Notification of termination Program (termination) Check back later for updates closure, program, termination, 2020
2020 Claflin University:  Notification of dual degree program (BS in Engineering) Program (dual degree) Check back later for updates dual degree,  program, 2020
2020 Accelerated MBA: Notification of program name change Program (name change) Check back later for updates program, name change, 2020
2020 General Public Health (MPH): Notification of termination Program (termination) Check back later for updates closure, program, termination, 2020
2020 Joint MPH  - PharmD: Notification of termination Program (termination) Check back later for updates closure, program, termination, 2020
2020 Joint MPH - MD: Notification of termination Program (termination) Check back later for updates closure, program, termination, 2020
2020 Public Health (Graduate Certificate): Notification of termination Program (termination) Check back later for updates closure, program, termination, 2020
2020 Information Security (MS):  Notification of  termination Program (termination) Acknowledgement closure, program, 2020
2020 Software Engineering (MS):  Notification of termination Program (termination) 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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