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Policy: Substantive Change for Regional Accreditation 

Date: 10/08/12 Policy ID: PROV-021 Status: Final

Policy Type: Executive Vice President & Provost
Contact Office: Executive Vice President and Provost (Office of the)
Oversight Executive: Executive Vice President and Provost
Applies To: Academic Division.
Table of Contents:  Policy Statement
  1. Responsibilities
Reason for Policy: 

Facilitates compliance with the substantive change policy of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC): The regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting institutions of higher education, including the University, in the southern United States. 

SACSCOC Liaison: The individual designated by the president to serve as the University’s representative to SACSCOC.

School Accreditation Liaison: An individual designated by a dean to serve as the school’s primary point of contact with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost on issues related to institutional academic accreditation, including the review and approval of academic programs and academic organization.

Substantive Change: A significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.

Policy Statement: 

As a regionally accredited institution of higher education, the University is responsible for compliance with the substantive change requirements of the U.S. Department of Education as outlined in 34 C.F.R. § 602.22.  Regional accrediting bodies, such as SACSCOC, are tasked with ensuring institutional compliance with these federal requirements.  The SACSCOC policy statement, “Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges,” outlines institutional responsibilities related to the reporting of substantive change.

  1. Responsibilities:

The University’s SACSCOC liaison is responsible for:

  • Familiarizing herself with the SACSCOC policy on substantive change; and
  • Assisting the University in complying with the SACSCOC policy on substantive change.
School accrediation liaisons are responsible for: BACK TO TOP

Review and Approval Processes Related to Academic Programs and Academic Organization

Related Information: 

Policy Statement: Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Review and Approval Processes Matrix
Substantive Change Checklist

Policy Background: 
Major Category: Executive Vice President & Provost Policies
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 10/08/17
Approved By, Date: Executive Vice President and Provost, 10/08/12
Revision History: Updated 8/18/14.
Supersedes (previous policy):