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Change Certificate Program

The following are examples of changes to a credit-bearing certificate program which require institutional and State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) approval, and may require SACSCOC approval:

Title: Changing the title of the certificate program that was approved by SCHEV.

Length: Modifying the number of credits required to complete the certificate program.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: Changing the six digit code designation used to classify the certificate program based on the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics taxonomy.

Per SCHEV, a CIP code change is a "change made in an existing six-digit CIP code designation (as reflected in SCHEV’s program inventory), provided no significant changes have been made to program requirements, content, or emphasis, and provided that the new CIP code replaces the current code to respond to changes in the field or to better reflect the intent of the program."

Delivery format: modifying how the certificate program is delivered. For example, changing from a face-to-face traditional classroom setting to an online setting or hybrid (face-to-face and online) setting, or changing from an online or hybrid to only face-to-face.

The action of providing an online or distance delivery format in a degree program requires compliance with state authorization requirements.  See Out-of-State Educational Activities policy.

Discontinuation: Ending admission into and delivery of a certificate program. Discontinuation of a certificate program represents a “substantive change” as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and requires their notification when it occurs.