Substantive Change

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines substantive change as a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. A listing of developments that are considered to represent a substantive change can be found in the SACSCOC policy statement (PDF) on Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions.

Member institutions are required to notify SACSCOC of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes.

Central Piedmont Policy on Substantive Change

Member institutions are also required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to SACSCOC in a timely fashion.

Examples of Substantive Changes Sent to SACSCOC

  • Level III Instructional Service Agreement with Edgecombe Community College for the health information technology program.
  • Terminations of diplomas and certificates in the areas of information technology and office administration.
  • Approval of the ROC as an instructional site.
  • Notification of programs being offered 50% or more through distance learning.