Substantive Changes

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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: Approval of consolidations and mergers

Additional information on substantive changes can be located on the SACSCOC website. In addition, answers to frequently asked questions can be accessed at Substantive Changes FAQs.

SACSCOC Substantive Change Procedural Links

Please access the links below for timelines and procedures for each type of change.

If the change requires the submission of a prospectus, please access the prospectus documents below for procedures in submitting a prospectus.

Prospectus Documents

Example Prospectus:

Submit all questions and concerns to the Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Maria Hinojosa.

Contact Information

Director:
Maria Hinojosa, Ed. D.
chinojosa32@alamo.edu
210-486-2897
MLK Sutton Learning Center (SLC),
Suite 319
Statistical Research Specialist:
Rhonda Johnson, B.A.
rjohnson@alamo.edu
210-486-2379
MLK Sutton Learning Center (SLC),
Suite 319
Coordinator of Measurement and Evaluation:
Sonia Valdez, B.A.A.S.
svaldez@alamo.edu
210-486-2348
MLK Sutton Learning Center (SLC),
Suite 319
Administrative Assistant:
Shanna Bradford, M.A.
sbradford@alamo.edu
210-486-2369
MLK Sutton Learning Center (SLC),
Suite 319