PROV-021: Substantive Change for Regional Accreditation

Date: 10/08/2012 Status: Final
Last Revised: 08/18/2014
Policy Type: Executive Vice President & Provost
Oversight Executive: Executive Vice President and Provost
Applies To: Academic Division.
Reason for Policy:

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

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Terms:

    There are no terms that require definition.

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:

Procedures:

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

Major Category: Executive Vice President & Provost Policies
Approved by, Date: Executive Vice President and Provost, 10/08/2012
Revision History: Updated 8/18/14.