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Substantive Change Workshops
Spring 2019

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 objectives are:

  • to know what constitutes a substantive change;
  • to assess substantive change in an institution-specific context;
  • to learn 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 learn 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 2019 Workshops:

  • Friday, March 15, 2019, at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn.
    Registration Closed
  • Friday, April 12, 2019, at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.
    Registration (closes April 3 or when full)

Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:00 p.m. One-on-one consultations are available until 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Attendance is limited to two 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 and/or prior to the workshop. Registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email from SACSCOC, typically within five business days.

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

Questions? Please contact Ms. Lillian Parks at if you have questions.




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