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Substantive Change

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • 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.
  • March 15, 2020:  Substantive changes reviewed by the full SACSCOC Board of Trustees in June 2020 (merger/consolidation, acquisition, change in governance, level change, 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:  March 15 is on Sunday.  The Commission receives mail and deliveries from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
    • 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.

Webinars require either Adobe Connect application for desktop (recommended) or Flash Player for browser. Test your computer and network connections before joining a webinar.

Upcoming webinars:

  • Dual and Joint Academic Awards:  Thursday, January 16, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET
    • Programs through Partnerships:  Monday, February 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET
    • Changes That Are NOT Substantive:  Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 noon
    • Creating an Effective Prospectus:  Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET

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