Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Substantive Change Compliance Policy (Policy 1.270)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64
Date Adopted:08/2010, 04/2013
Date of Review:08/11, 01/13


  1. It is the policy of the College to maintain compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) policy Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges through appropriate and timely reporting on areas of substantive change.
  2. According to the SACS-COC Policy Statement, “Substantive Change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive changes includes
    • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
    • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
    • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
    • The addition of courses or programs at a degree or credential level above that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation
    • A change from clock hours to credit hours
    • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
    • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program
    • The establishment of a branch campus.”
  3. It is the responsibility of the College to ensure all substantive changes are reported to the Commission on Colleges in a timely manner as required by the Commission’s Substantive Change policy.
  4. The President will notify the Commission of any Substantive Changes.
  5. The President shall cause a Procedure to be developed for the implementation of this Policy.