The types of substantive change and the procedures for addressing them may be found in the Commission’s policy on substantive change.
Examples of substantive change that require SACSCOC approval include:
- Adding coursework or programs at a different degree or credential level than currently approved
- Initiating a collaborative academic arrangement, such as a joint or dual degree program with another institution
- Closing a program
- Initiating an off-campus site or distance learning
- Expanding program offerings at previously approved off-campus sites
- Initiating programs or courses offered through contractual agreement or consortium
- Initiating a branch campus
- Altering significantly the educational mission of the institution
- Initiating a merger/consolidation with another institution
- Changing governance, ownership, control, or legal status of an institution
For more information on substantive change and how to obtain the necessary approvals prior to implementing a substative change, contact Dr. Wes Null, the University's SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.
To determine whether a planned change constitutes a substantive change, please take the Substantive Change Survey.