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:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no face-to-face workshops are scheduled for fall 2020.  If conditions allow, two in-person workshops will be held in spring 2021.  Information will be available on this webpage as soon as a decision is made.

In the meantime, take advantage of the live and on-demand substantive change webinars.  Registration and playback links are on the substantive change webpage.