800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
The institution defines and publishes
requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education
components. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and
practices for degree programs. (Undergraduate program requirements)
The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) defines and publishes general education and major requirements for all programs in the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog. These requirements are explained to new students during mandatory orientation sessions. In addition, students are informed about requirements by academic advisors who meet with them during registration periods. Advisement worksheets are available for all programs of study and examples are available as follows:
To conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for program development or substantial modification, all South Carolina College and University programs require oversight approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE). Following the SCCHE Guidelines, the academic program proposal procedure at USC Upstate consists of a two-step process: program planning summary and full program proposal. Planning summaries, full program proposals, and program modifications are developed as follows:
STEPS FOR APPROVAL OF NEW PROGRAMS
Once approved, Academic Affairs submits the new program prospectus to SACS.
For each new program proposal or modification, faculty consider a well-designed structure that is related to stated student learning outcomes. Each baccalaureate degree program includes at least 120 semester credit hours of general education courses, courses in the major and free elective courses. Many degree programs also require a set of courses that constitute a minor or cognate. Faculty also consider standards from relevant accrediting agencies in developing programs. Programs such as the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management are accredited by their respective national accrediting agencies (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). All education degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Specialized accreditation ensures that degree programs are coherent and follow commonly accepted standards and practices in the relevant discipline.
USC Upstate800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Toll-free: 800-277-8727Phone: 864-503-5000E-mail Us
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?