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Substantive Change

Per SACSCOC policy, substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change 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 establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50% of an educational program.
  • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual or joint academic program with another institution.

    The following are examples of substantive changes the University has submitted to SACSCOC since 2016:


    • Offering the Certificate in Procurement and Contracts Management at an employer facility * Initiation of a dual degree program between the McIntire School of Commerce, ESADE Business School (Ramon Llull University), and Lingnan (University) College (Sun Yat-Sen University)
    • Discontinuation of a certificate program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Technology Leadership)
    • Suspending admissions into a degree program (Ph.D. in Engineering Physics) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • Renewal of a course sharing initiative with The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School


  • Offering the Procurement and Contracts Management graduate certificate at an employer facility
  • Relocation of the Master of Business Administration from one location in Roslyn, VA to another location in Roslyn, VA.
  • Approval of the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA.


  • Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program to replace the Master of Education in Kinesiology.
  • Closure of the Master of Arts degree program in Physics Education.
  • Relocation of the Master of Science in Management Information Technology from Roslyn, VA to McLean, Virginia.
  • Dual Degree Program Agreement between the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business) and Johns Hopkins University Advanced International Studies)


  • Closure of an off-campus site in Newport News, VA
  • Closure of an undergraduate certificate program in Federal Acquisition
  • Closure of an undergraduate certificate in Human Resource Management