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Change Degree Program Other Than Minor, Concentration, or Track

Certain types of changes to a degree program not related to the addition, modification, or closure of a minor, track, or concentration require State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) approval and may require SACSCOC approval.  Examples of changes that require SCHEV approval include: 

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

Length: Increasing or decreasing the total credit hours by more than three (3) credits from what was originally approved.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: Changing the six digit code designation used to classify the degree 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 degree program is delivered. For example, adding online delivery in addition to face-to-face delivery of a program, or adding online delivery and eliminating face-to-face delivery.

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: To end admission into and delivery of a degree program. Discontinuation of a degree program represents a “substantive change” as defined SACSCOC and requires their notification when it occurs.