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Substantive Change Workshops

Spring 2017

The Substantive Change Workshop is an opportunity to learn the principles and select advanced topics of substantive change from a SACSCOC staff member. It’s an ideal introduction for new liaisons and a refresher for those with experience.

Learning objectivesare:

  • to know what constitutes a substantive change;
  • to assess substantive change in an institution-specific context;
  • to know how to develop a plan for monitoring and reporting substantive change;
  • to understand the substantive change review process;
  • to know the principal types of substantive change such as program closures and teach-outs, level changes, new programs, off-campus instructional sites, and more;
  • to know how to make and document determinations of “significant departure;” and
  • to learn best practices for writing prospectuses and notifications.

Intended audience:

  • academic affairs staff members,
  • faculty members,
  • liaisons,
  • provosts,
  • or others with substantive change responsibilities.

Spring 2017 workshops are:

  • Friday, March 17, 2017, at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., and
  • Friday, March 31, 2017, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.  One-on-one consultations will be available until 3:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided.  Attendance is limited to two (2) people per institution per workshop.


Registration is first-come, first-serve; space is limited.  Registration is required but there is no registration fee.  Directions, parking, suggested hotels, and other information will be emailed with registration confirmations.  Registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email from SACSCOC.

Facilitator:  Dr. Kevin Sightler, Director of Substantive Change, SACSCOC.

Questions?  Please contact Ida Young at if you have questions. 


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