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Substantive Change

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • September 1, 2019:  Substantive changes reviewed by the full SACSCOC Board of Trustees (also called “C&R”) in December 2019 (e.g., level change, merger/consolidation, acquisition, change in governance, any substantive change for an institution on sanction, etc.).  If in doubt if your substantive change requires review by the full Board of Trustees or review by the Executive Council of the Board, contact your SACSCOC staff representative.
    Note:  The Commission is closed August 30 and September 1 (Saturday and Sunday) and September 2 (Labor Day).  Plan accordingly.
  • January 1, 2020:  Substantive changes reviewed by staff and approved by the Executive Council of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees for implementation between July 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.
    Note:  The Commission is closed and does not receive mail or deliveries
    • from noon Wednesday, December 4, 2019, to 8:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2019 (all staff at the Board of Trustees meeting then the Annual Meeting) and
    • from noon Friday, December 20, 2019, until 8:30 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 (winter holiday).
    • Please plan accordingly.

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Updates and announcements

  • Two-year implementation window:  Substantive changes must be implemented within two years of approval.  If an institution does not implement within two years of the SACSOC Board of Trustees approval date, then a new prospectus or application must be submitted and approved by the Board prior to implementation.  (Approved June 2018 by the Board of Trustees, effective immediately; see substantive change policy, p.13, item #14.) 

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Substantive change policy and related policies

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The webinar series is designed for liaisons and others with substantive change responsibilities.  Webinars are one hour including interactive Q+A.  Each webinar address a single topic that often presents challenges in managing an institution’s substantive change obligations.  Registration is required for each webinar.

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Upcoming webinars:

  • New 2019-2020 webinars will be announced in summer 2019.
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