3.13.1 Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies

Comprehensive Standard 3.13.1 Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies

Applicable Policy Statement. Any institution seeking or holding accreditation from more than one U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting body must describe itself in identical terms to each recognized accrediting body with regard to purpose, governance, programs, degrees, diplomas, certificates, personnel, finances, and constituencies, and must keep each institutional accrediting body apprised of any change in its status with one or another accrediting body.

Documentation:  The institution should (1) list federally recognized agencies that currently accredit the institution or any of its programs, (2) provide the date of the most recent review by each agency and indicate if negative action was taken by the agency and the reason for such action, (3) provide copies of statements used to describe itself for each of the accrediting bodies, (4) indicate any agency that has terminated accreditation, the date, and the reason for termination, and (5) indicate the date and reason for the institution voluntarily withdrawing accreditation with any of the agencies.

Compliance Partial Compliance Non-compliance

Narrative

In addition to SACSCOC, USF Sarasota-Manatee is accredited by the following federally recognized agencies, neither of which have taken any negative action: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). No agency has terminated accreditation with USF Sarasota-Manatee, nor has USF Sarasota-Manatee voluntarily withdrawn accreditation with any agency.

Institutional Research & Effectiveness is integrally involved in all aspects of accreditation at USF Sarasota-Manatee, including accreditation by agencies other than SACSCOC. It is also the repository of data on campus, assuring consistency of reporting to outside agencies. Annually, USF Sarasota-Manatee submits its Accredited Programs Report to the Florida Board of Governors.

AACSB and NCATE have different reporting structures from SACSCOC, and not all of the categories in the SACSCOC Standard 3.13.1 have information in the AACSB and NCATE reports. Below are examples of overlap with SACSCOC’s Compliance Report to show consistency. The full reports sent to these two agencies are provided, too.

Excerpts from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  AACSB Fifth Year Maintenance Report

Date of Review: The College of Business (COB) submitted the report on April 12, 2012; AACSB sent its accreditation letter on May 8, 2014.

Purpose: “The College of Business is a separate and distinct academic unit on the Sarasota‐Manatee campus and makes all of its decisions based on the campus and college’s strategic plans” (p. 2).

Institutional Summary: “The Florida Legislature officially designated USF Sarasota‐Manatee as a branch campus of USF in 1975, when New College merged with the university on a shared campus of the former Charles Ringling Estate. By separate acts of the Florida Legislature effective July 1, 2001, the USF Sarasota‐Manatee campus received budget authority separate from USF Tampa, and New College became a separate, independent, public honors college. The USF Sarasota‐Manatee legislation also directed the campus to apply for separate accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). USF Sarasota‐Manatee and New College continued to share a campus, although they had separate budgets and staffs, for the next five (5) years. In August 2006 USF Sarasota‐Manatee expanded to its own campus on the Sarasota‐Manatee county line, just north of the New College campus on State Highway 41” (p. 1).

Governance: “The College’s administrative officer is the Dean who reports to the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs” (p. 2).

Programs: “The BA/BS in Business Administration and the MBA degree are included in the accreditation review” (p. 5).

Personnel: “The College faculty maintains a balanced emphasis on quality teaching, scholarly pursuits and service activities to benefit the community it serves” (p. 7).

Finances: “A third important area is performance‐based funding for schools that will link state funding to the school’s contributions to the state’s economic development process. To accomplish this, the Board of Governors will develop a metrics‐based accountability system” (p. 4).

Constituencies: USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Excerpts from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE Institutional Report

Date of Review:  The College of Education submitted the report on February 6, 2014, for its site visit on October 12-15, 2014; CAEP sent the NCATE accreditation letter on May 15, 2015.

Purpose: “COE at USF Sarasota-Manatee is the unit responsible for professional education” (p. 2).

Institutional Summary: “The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was formally created in 1975 by the Florida legislature as a branch campus of the University of South Florida (USF), one of America’s largest and most dynamic research universities. This branch shared a campus with New College of Florida, a previously private liberal arts institution. Enacted by the Florida legislature and effective July 1, 2001, the USFSM campus and New College each received budget authority separate from the USF Tampa (USFT) campus. That legislation also directed USFSM to apply for separate accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In fall 2006 USFSM moved into its new campus about a half-mile north of New College. USFSM achieved separate SACSCOC accreditation effective January 1, 2011. The College of Education (COE) is one of four at USFSM, in addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership” (p. 1).

Governance: “The COE Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the College. The Dean provides academic leadership, stewards the resources, and administers the College in accordance with the Bylaws” (p. 67).

Programs: “The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida formally lists USFSM’s certification and non-certification programs” (p. 3).

Personnel: “COE maintains a professional education faculty roster documenting qualifications of faculty to teach courses and supervise students assigned to them (Exhibit 5.1.a_N_A). This roster includes highest degree earned field and university, earned doctorates and/or exceptional expertise, the assignment, rank, tenure status, leadership, scholarship, and professional associations and service. This roster follows the USF System for credentialing of faculty and also the policy for assigning faculty load” (pp. 55-56).

Finances: “The budget planning process is collaborative among the administrative and academic leadership of USFSM. In spite of the recent economic downturn, USFSM prioritized faculty hiring across campus depending on student demand for programs. USFSM has three colleges in addition to the COE: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Hospitality & Technology Leadership” (p. 69).

Constituencies: USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty, staff, and the community.

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