Specialized accreditation applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which are typically parts of a total collegiate or other post-secondary institution. Specialized accreditation occurs separate from institutional accreditation. An inventory of UCF’s units, academic programs, and professional schools holding specialized accreditation is maintained by the Academic Program Quality team. This resource includes the year of each program’s latest accreditation review, the anticipated academic year in which the program will next be reviewed, and the expected term in which the program will host an accreditation site visit.
The University of Central Florida is obligated to report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and federal agencies, including the Department of Education, when there are any changes in the accreditation status of its programs. In addition, the university is expected to present the description, mission, and other information about the university to accreditation agencies in a consistent manner. For these reasons, the Academic Program Quality unit should review any correspondence between academic units and their accrediting bodies.
Timeline for Review of Accreditation Self-studies and Other Reports
Contact the Academic Program Quality unit within the Office of Academic Affairs at least six months prior to applying for program accreditation or initiating the accreditation review process with your accrediting agency. A preliminary discussion with academic affairs will help determine whether or not a review will be required prior to the program’s submission of self-study documents to the accrediting agency. Please review the Specialized Accreditation Planning Guidelines for more information on accreditation self-study reports, site-visit planning, and follow-up procedures for programs undergoing accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation.
Specialized Accreditation Resources
Academic Program Quality Contact
Sandra Criscione Blake
Coordinator, Accreditation and Quality Assurance