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:

In-person workshops are suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. When travel and group events are feasible again – and when institutions are ready to host one-day workshops again on their campuses – registration and other information will be available here.

Substantive change webinars and other presentations are available for on-demand and live viewing.  Playback links and registrations for upcoming live events are available on the substantive change webpage.  Substantive change training sessions are always offered at SACSCOC’s Annual Meeting and summer Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation.