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Introduction to the College of Education and SACS Accreditation

The College of Education at the University of South Florida is one of the largest in the southeastern United States, and one of the most effective when judged on multiple measures of quality. Our College of Education was ranked 60th among Graduate Schools of Education, according the U.S. News and World Report, placing us in the top third of ranked institutions.

The College of Education is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as part of University accreditation. It is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). In a rigorous accreditation visit in 2000, NCATE noted in particular the following strengths:

•  Partnerships with school districts;

•  Technology resources for students and faculty;

•  Articulation with community colleges, and

•  A commitment to quality programming.


Other evidence of quality is highlighted briefly in the paragraphs that follow.

Enrollment/Retention/Degree Completion

The 2003-04 annual student headcount (on all campuses other than St. Petersburg, which is currently seeking its own SACS accreditation), is 3,638. The College is large and enjoyed a 35.4% increase in graduate productivity between 1999-00 and 2003-04. An increasing number of students seeking initial certification are enrolled in masters programs, many choosing education as a second career. In addition, USF was recently granted Research I status, and the University as a whole has placed an emphasis on graduate education. The College of Education on the Tampa campus alone accounted for 46.4%, or almost half of the total increase in graduate enrollment in the University between 1999 and 2004.


Retention rates for first time in college students (FTICs), AA transfers and other transfers exceeded 92%. Retention rates for AA transfer students from community colleges --for years a large part of the pre-service enrollment in the College -- has increased by 10% in the past two years.

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