A school, department or unit that is considering any possible substantive change or program modifications, including significant on-line program delivery or new degree programs, must discuss the required notification with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison. Depending on the specific change, notification to SACSCOC must be made between 3 and 6 months before the change is made. Most substantive changes require the preparation of a comprehensive prospectus and the majority of them require approval from SACSCOC before implementation.
The SACSCOC procedures for processing a substantive change vary in depth and length of time required depending on the specific nature of the substantive change initiated by the University. The school, department or unit must first determine the precise nature of the substantive change. Contact the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison in the Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research (OPAR) early in the process for an unofficial determination of what category of change under which the proposal falls. Although only SACSCOC can make an official determination of the category of a change, the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison will facilitate the process by assessing the change internally and coordinating all communication with SACSCOC.
**SACS notification and/or approval cannot occur prior to securing all internal University approvals **