Substantive Change Workshop

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.

Upcoming Workshops:

Next workshop: 

When:  Monday, September 16, 2024; 9am to 3pm CT
Where:  Nashville, Tenn.
Facilitator:  Dr. Kevin Sightler, Director of Substantive Change, SACSCOC
Registration:  SACCR 2024 Conference Registration

Venue, accommodations, and registration information are available on the SACCR webpage.  A fee is charged to cover food and facilities costs.

Note:  You can register for the pre-conference workshop only; conference registration isn’t required to register for the workshop.  However, to attend any conference sessions, registration is required.  At least one SACSCOC staff-led substantive change session will be offered during the conference.


  • Bring a paper or electronic copy of the current Substantive Change Policy and Procedures