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Substantive Change Workshops
Fall 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.

Fall 2019 Workshops:

  • Friday, September 20, 2019, at University of North Texas in Denton, Tex.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019, at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Ga.
    Sign up to receive a one-time email notification when registration opens mid-October 2019.

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

Questions? Please contact Ms. Donny Walker at if you have questions.




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