Off-Campus Instructional Sites
Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
In order to be in compliance with both regional accreditation standards as well as federal government policies, all off-campus educational sites require approval prior to implementation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines an off-campus instructional site as a location where a student can obtain 25% or more credits toward an academic program (i.e., certificate or degree program).
The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.0009 defines an instructional site as a temporary instructional unit of a university, apart from the main campus, that provides a limited range of instructional programs or courses leading to a college degree, in facilities not owned by the institution.
For approval of off-campus instructional sites, the SACSCOC definition will be used.
For an off-campus instructional site where students can obtain 25-49% credits toward an academic program, the university is required to notify SACSCOC prior to implementation of the site.
For an off-campus instructional site where students can obtain 50% or more credits toward an academic program, the university is required to request approval from SACSCOC prior to implementation of the site.
Additionally, prior to implementation of the site, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) must be notified. No federal financial aid will be released to students at the off-campus instructional site until both SACSCOC and DOE approvals are received.
Please contact Cheryl Gater, Director, SACS Accreditation at (352) 392-4208 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request SACSCOC approval of an off-campus instructional site and Rick Wilder, Director, Student Financial Affairs at (352) 294-3220 or email@example.com to request DOE approval.