The Office of Academic Programs coordinates development, revision, and termination of degree programs and courses for the USC system. Working with the Academic Program Liaison Committee, the office manages program approval flow through faculty governance, the Provost's and President's offices, the Board of Trustees, the SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Academic Program Liaisons represent all colleges and campuses in the system.
The Office of Academic Programs is responsible for policies, procedures, and calendars governing academic programs and courses, and for monitoring program accreditation and review. The office also coordinates University participation in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market (ACM) program. ACM is administered through the office, which tracks over 1000 students enrolled in more than 50 academic programs at USC.
Reporting to CHE and SACS on program holdings, delivery methods, and offering sites is a regular function of the office. The Office directs the institution's nationwide State Authorization for distance delivery education compliance efforts, as well as the federal Gainful Employment reporting.