SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Policy Statement defines a substantive change as a “significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution, to include,” but not limited to:
- The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
- The addition of courses or programs at a degree or credential level above that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation
- A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
There are three procedures for addressing the different types of changes:
- Procedure I: Notification and Approval prior to implementation
- Procedure II: Notification ONLY prior to implementation
- Procedure III: Closing a Program, Site, Branch Campus or Institution
SACSCOC Substantive Change Procedural Links
Please access the links below for timelines and procedures for each type of change.
- Expanding at current degree level
- Initiating a certificate program
- Programmatic changes
- Distance education
- Off-campus instructional sites
- Closing an institution or program
- Uncommon substantive changes
If the change requires the submission of a prospectus, please access the prospectus documents below for procedures in submitting a prospectus.
Submit all questions and concerns to the Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Maria Hinojosa.